LOUISVILLE, Ky. — The North American International Livestock Exposition is heading back to the Kentucky Exposition Center, Nov. 3-19. NAILE is the largest all-breed, purebred livestock event in the world, with 10 livestock divisions and nearly 17,000 entries from the 48 contiguous states and Canada — all under one roof.
Tens of thousands of exhibitors and visitors typically attend each year. This world-renowned all-breed, purebred livestock expo features numerous divisions of livestock competition including dairy cattle, beef cattle, meat goat, swine, sheep and quarter horse.
The event, taking place over 16 days in the 1.2 million-s.f. Kentucky Exposition Center, will follow all COVID safety guidelines for state-owned facilities. The three events slated for the Expo Center in November are expected to be attended by more than 72,000 and generate an estimated $3.4 million economic impact for the Louisville region
“With the success of our other events such as the Kentucky State Fair and earning accreditation from the Worldwide Cleaning Industry Association on our operational cleaning procedures, we feel confident in our ability to adapt and modify NAILE 2020 for the benefit of all those in the industry,” said David Beck, president and CEO of Kentucky Venues. “During difficult times it’s easier to recognize the importance of agriculture and how much we rely on our nation’s livestock producers. NAILE is a key player in the livestock industry and we’re happy to give our exhibitors the opportunity to show.”
To ensure a safe and healthy event, NAILE has enacted new policies to help stop the spread of COVID-19. This year the event will be a participant-only show for exhibitors and those assisting with the animals. Every attendee will be required to submit their name and contact information to allow for contact tracing.
Some of the additional changes to this year’s show include:
- Masks are required inside the building;
- Schedule changes, including the cancellations of the North American Championship Rodeo, Country Store, school tours, and awards banquets;
- The Saddle and Sirloin Club portrait induction is moved to a virtual ceremony; and
- Increased hand sanitizer and hand-washing stations will be available throughout the property.
For the full list of changes, please visit livestockexpo.org/images/Documents/NAILEShowInfo20.pdf.