North American International Livestock Exposition Returns to KY Exposition Center 

The event celebrates its 50th anniversary and anticipates more than 200,000 visitors 

Kentucky Venues begins the annual North American International Livestock Exposition (NAILE) today and runs through November 16. The event is celebrating its 50th anniversary and plans to welcome 200,000 visitors and another 32,000 guests for the North American Championship Rodeo in Freedom Hall. The events will have a combined estimated economic impact of nearly $14 million. 

The show first began in the 70s featuring only beef cattle. In five decades, the event has grown to the largest purebred livestock show in the world. For decades, the show has attracted exhibitors and visitors from around the globe. In 2023, NAILE is excited to have over 26,400 entries – nearly 1,000 more than last year. 

“As we celebrate the 50th anniversary of the North American International Livestock Exposition, we reflect on the people and the dedication that got us to this point,” said David S. Beck, President and CEO of Kentucky Venues. “We’re excited to welcome friends old and new to the show, see them compete on the iconic green shavings, and take home a coveted purple banner. This show has a rich history and heritage, and our goal is to honor and enhance it for many more years to come.” 

Throughout the next two weeks, the entire Kentucky Exposition Center will be utilized for more than 100 shows and activities that will recognize the best of the best in livestock, multiple 4-H, FFA, and collegiate judging contests, the Miss Rodeo Kentucky pageant, the Saddle and Sirloin Portrait Gallery induction ceremony, and more. 

What Else to Experience at NAILE: 

  • The North American Championship Rodeo – The perfect way to end a day at NAILE. From bucking broncos to barrel racing rides in Freedom Hall, the rodeo has it all November 9-11.    
  • Saddle & Sirloin Club Portrait Gallery Induction - Each year, a new member is inducted into the Saddle & Sirloin Club, housed at the Kentucky Exposition Center. It's a collection that showcases leaders in the agriculture industry. Jarold Callahan of Edmond, Oklahoma will have his portrait unveiled this year at a special ceremony on November 14.    
  • Educational Contests - The future of the livestock industry competes in various events, from judging livestock to quiz bowls.    
  • The North American Country Store - Between watching livestock shows, visitors can shop hundreds of booths featuring western wear, livestock equipment, show supplies, and more at the once-a-year shopping experience. Hours of operation are on the show website.