All roads in the livestock world lead to Louisville, Ky., and the Kentucky Fair and Exposition Center starting on Nov. 8. Running through Nov. 21, the North American International Livestock Exposition will draw exhibitors and visitors from all over the country, with a chunk of them coming from Indiana.
Part of the attraction is that the show features 10 species of livestock. Depending on the day they may be showing anything from hogs to dairy cattle, and they may be showing both at the same time on different parts of the grounds.
A huge trade show featuring everything from livestock feeders to show stands for trimming sheep to jewelry and clothes with western bling also attracts visitors. It fills up one entire wing of the building, and spills over into other areas.
The event also features a number of breed auctions and livestock show prospect sales. Some are held in Broadbent Arena, others are held in various parts of the facility during the week, and are often timed to be just ahead of the show for that breed, or that species.
You can find all the information you need on the North American International Livestock Expo website. It includes a list of daily events, show schedules and much more. There is also information on the rodeo held in conjunction with the NAILE show.
Judging contests alone make it a favorite destination for top 4-H, FFA and collegiate livestock, dairy and horse judging teams. A number of competitions at various levels are held throughout the show. If you run into a young person with a suit pacing nervously outside a room, perhaps with notecards in hand, you've probably just found a contestant waiting to give oral reasons on why he or she placed a class of livestock in the order that they did.
Look for Hoosiers and Hoosier exhibitors at the show. There is usually a big contingent of Hoosiers on hand.