Prior to 1899, livestock and horse shows in the Kansas City area were held irregularly, usually only when convenient or need arose. However, in 1899, the first of a series of livestock shows was held. The event was to continue annually until now and develop into one of the most outstanding events of its kind in the world, the American Royal Livestock and Horse Show. Many years have passed since the American Royal first was thought of and there were times when it appeared the event could not continue. But the faith and support of civic-minded individuals and area businessmen have made it possible for the Livestock and Horse Show of the American Royal to continue and to expand into one of the nation’s most important expositions. The Showtimes would like to congratulate the American Royal for being selected as the September/October 2011 Fall Hall of Fame Inductee. Not only has it provided the livestock industry, producers, and exhibitors with a show to promote and show off their livestock, it has overcome numerous obstacles and grown to be arguably one of the most prestigious livestock shows today! The American Royal has the distinguished honor of being the first ever livestock show to be selected as a Hall of Fame member!