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If you’ve ever hosted a kids’ birthday party, you know that planning and hosting an event takes a lot more work than you thought it would. Now imagine hosting a party for 700,000-plus guests – not to mention several thousand animals – that lasts for 16 days. That’s what we do, every year. In fact, we are getting ready to do it for our 113th year in 2019.
The Stock Show may be a once-a-year occasion, but it takes an army of volunteers and staff– more than 40 full-time staff working year-round – to prepare for and produce the Super Bowl of livestock shows. That term, by the way, isn’t just a marketing term. We have more National Breed Association shows happening at our show than at any other place in the world.
And what breeds we have. We’ve got Hereford and angus cattle, sure. But don’t forget the yaks, Texas longhorns, bison, mini-Herefords, llamas, Alpaca, and even mini zebu (diminutive versions of cattle with a pronounced fatty hump, once imported from India and Sri Lanka).