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American Royal Announces New Exhibitor Benefits;Dad's Day out and the Reading Room make debut

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - The American Royal offers two new concepts to add to the enjoyment of exhibitors attending the UPHA/American Royal National Championship horse shows, held at the American Royal November 18-22, 2003.

The American Royal is offering a side trip "Dad's Day Out in Kansas City" designed to give exhibitors a taste of Kansas City's best attractions. The organized trip includes a guided tour of the fabulous Negro Leagues Baseball Museum, the World War I Liberty Memorial Museum and the Arabia Steamboat Museum in the historic River City area.

The group will be hosted by Harry Cleberg, American Royal Chairman of the Board, and will include a stop at a sensational new Kansas City restaurant, Peachtree Buffet in the historic 18th and Vine District.

Organizers are estimating a $20 fee for the tours plus the costs of each individual's lunch. Those interested in the excursion are encouraged to make their interest known early, sending an e-mail with their name and number of people in their party to, allowing organizers to finalize plans and costs.

"We are very pleased to offer this new trip for our exhibitors and are delighted to share with them some of the best Kansas City has to offer," said Sarah Rowland, American Royal Vice Chair, Equine Events.

Also slated for the Nationals at the American Royal a new "Reading Room" designed for the young and studious.

"Our exhibitors asked us for a quite place where their children and other young adults could keep up with homework, reading and studies," said Rowland. "We are please to offer this year a quite room for just such a purpose."

The American Royal, a not-for-profit organization that benefits youth and education, is now in its 104th year and celebrates our region's rich agricultural heritage through competition, education and entertainment. The American Royal, one of Kansas City's premier fall events, annually hosts one of the Midwest's largest livestock exhibitions and rodeos, is home of the National Championship horse competition and was voted best horse show in the country in 2002.

Official sponsors of the 2003 American Royal are Bayer Animal Health, Cerner, Phoenix Scientific, Dodge Trucks, John Deere, Applebee's Neighborhood Grill and Bar, Alamo, Purina Mills, Gold Bank, Home Depot, Saint Luke's Health System, Buffalo Funds, The Hilton Garden Inn, Kansas City, Kan., The Kansas City Marriott Downtown, The Raphael Hotel, Orscheln Farm and Home, KCP&L, ADM, UMB and McDonald's.

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