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AMERICAN ROYAL ANNOUNCES 2007 LIVESTOCK SHOW DATES AND DEADLINES

KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI - Junior and open show livestock exhibitors from around the nation will fill the American Royal complex in Kansas City for six days of exhibitions, sales and camaraderie during the 108th American Royal Livestock Show Oct.17-22. After a record-breaking event in 2006, where more than 2,200 head of animals were shown by exhibitors from 35 states, the American Royal staff and volunteer committees are gearing up for what promises to be a great event in 2007.

With summer schedules in full swing, be sure and remember the important DNA and ownership deadlines for this fall's livestock show. Youth exhibitors interested in exhibiting market hogs, sheep, steers and goats must submit DNA samples to the American Royal office no later than August 1. In addition, all junior market animals and junior heifers must be owned by the exhibitor by August 1 and must remain in that exhibitor's name until the day of the show. DNA request forms and the 2007 American Royal premium book are available at www.americanroyal.com. It is important to remember that submission of DNA does not constitute an entry in the show.

The 2007 entry deadline for all open and junior shows is Sept. 1. Please direct any questions regarding the livestock show to Chelsea Frost at (816) 569-4054 or chelseaf@americanroyal.com. All of the latest American Royal announcements, including the summer livestock newsletter and a list of judges for the 2007 shows are available online at www.americanroyal.com.

The American Royal, a not-for-profit 501c3 organization that benefits youth and education, is now in its 108th year and celebrates the region's rich agricultural heritage through competition, education and entertainment. In 2006, the organization contributed more than $1.3 million in financial support in the form of scholarships, educational awards, educational programs, community donations, competitive awards and prize monies and premiums.

Highlighting the livestock show in 2007 will be the presentation of the Stanley E. Stout Memorial Supreme Heifer Scholarships and the American Royal Junior Premium Auction. The American Royal, one of Kansas City's premier fall events with annual economic impact of more than $62 million, hosts the world's largest barbecue contest, one of the Midwest's largest livestock exhibitions, one of the top five ranked rodeos in the nation and is home of national championship horse competition. For more information visit www.americanroyal.com.

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