GOOD RIDDANCE!!! AMERICAN ROYAL ANNOUNCES KANSAS CITY DEPARTURE TO PRICEY $160M WYCO DEVELOPMENT!!!
Some might call it an end of an era but the reality is that very few people in Kansas City really care about the rodeo, cow show or whatever this is . . .
KC Biz Journal: After 117 years in the West Bottoms, the American Royal Association will move to new facilities to be constructed across the state line in Wyandotte County as part of a $160 million development. The move to a site immediately northwest of Kansas Speedway in the Village West retail and entertainment district was to be announced officially Tuesday afternoon at the Speedway, where the annual American Royal World Series of Barbecue will kick off Wednesday.
Fox4 has a nice historical roundup: "The American Royal began in 1899 as the National Hereford Show. It now includes the World Series of Barbecue, considered the world’s largest barbecue competition. There are also six equestrian shows, a livestock show, youth and PRCA rodeos."
Don't worry . . . There's still a lot of blame to go around even if Gov. Brownback gloating is actually a good sign.
The BBQ fest had its day at Truman Sports complex and it was a disaster. Still, this event attempted to hold KC taxpayers hostage and was quickly rejected as part of the Kemper complex redevelopment. Remember that our blog community argued with the Show-Me Institute guys about this one given the prominent family connection.
And now it's part of the money losing Unified Government efforts in WyCo/KCK which boldly believes that cowpokes (ew) will bring them cash.
You decide . . .