postheadericon Fall Festival is about to kick off

American Royal preparing for its annual celebration, numerous festivities

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The excitement around the American Royal complex is building.

It’s a regular occurrence this time of year in the West Bottoms. Volunteers and personnel are buzzing with anticipation of the 2013 Fall Festival, which takes place Sept. 3-Nov. 16.

AR-September“This will be another great year of events to help us spread the word concerning our primary focus, which is our mission toward youth and education,” said Bob Petersen, the American Royal’s president and CEO. “The American Royal generates funding for our mission through our many events, charitable contributions and various sponsorships. We take tremendous pride in being one of the premier charitable organizations in the Kansas City area.”

That it is. The American Royal contributes more than $1 million annually in its support in youth and education, and it honors that commitment through the two-plus months of its Fall Festival, which also honors the traditions that have served as the community’s foundation for decades. From being the home of the Barbecue Hall of Fame and the World Series of Barbecue competitions to the livestock shows, horse shows and rodeos, there are numerous activities that reach to the core of Kansas City’s legacy.

“Kansas City has a rich history, and we celebrate it every fall,” Petersen said. “This is a wonderful way for us to showcase that history and to reach out to all the people from our area to celebrate it with us.”

The festivities begin Tuesday with the youth photography contest, followed closely by the first horse show of the Fall Festival, the Quarter Horse Show that takes place Thursday, Sept. 5-Sunday, Sept. 8. It’s big start to a busy time at the American Royal complex.

“Throughout each day of our Fall Festival, we will honor our mission,” Petersen said. “We begin with youth, and I believe that’s a great way for us to begin this season’s festivities.”

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