October 31, 2003



World's Largest Purebred Livestock Event Held At Kentucky Fair & Exposition Center, Louisville, USA


Drago Fraim of Caneyville entered three head of Sulfolk in the lamb division of the 30th annual North American International Exposition (NAILE). NAILE is the world's largest purebred livestock show with more than 21,000 entries and nearly $700,000 in prizes and awards. The event is scheduled to take place from November 8 - 21 at the Kentucky Fair & Exposition Center, Louisville.


Purebred farms from nearly every state and Canada bring livestock to compete in one of nine expo divisions: dairy cattle, dairy goats, Boer goats, beef cattle, quarter horses, draft horses, sheep, swine, and llamas. More than 225,000 American and foreign visitors attend the hundreds of individual breed shows and sales. In addition to the recognition and prize money that comes with winning at the NAILE, the value of the champion breeding stock is significantly enhanced.


Breed association events are not the only NAILE feature. The expo is also home to numerous youth events that are an important part of the livestock industry's traditions, including: Eastern National 4-H Horse Roundup; Youth, Junior College and Senior Collegiate Dairy Judging Contest; National Collegiate Livestock Judging Contest; National 4-H Livestock Judging Contest; Junior College Livestock Judging Contest; and National 4-H Poultry & Egg Conference.


In addition, young livestockmen enter market animals, those targeted for meat production, in the Junior Steer Show, Junior Market Swine Show or Junior Wether Show. These young shows are sponsored by Farm Credit Services of Mid-America and are nationally recognized for both the quality of competition and prestige of winning.


Champions from these shows are sold at the Sale of Champions on November 20 at 7:30 p.m. The Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA) Great Lakes Circuit Rodeo Finals takes place November 13-15 at 7:30 p.m. nightly.


Tickets are available by calling 502-367-5144 or 800-487-1212.


From the 200,000 square foot giant country store and food court, to the entertaining U.S. Disc Dog Nationals Frisbee Contest (November 15-16), NAILE visitors find lots to do and see in addition to attending the livestock competitions.


The Commonwealth of Kentucky and the Kentucky State Fair Board produce the NAILE. It is held at the Commonwealth's giant Kentucky Fair & Exposition Center, which features 1,000,000 square feet of climate-controlled exhibition space.

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