by Marcia Napier, Grain Valley Historical Society
The American Royal began in Kansas City in October 1899 as the National Hereford Show, the first nationwide show for the exposition and sale of purebred cattle. In 1902, the show officially became the American Royal after C. F. Curtiss, dean of agriculture at Iowa State College of Agriculture, compared the show with the British Royal Agricultural Fair.
In 1926 a carload of Sni-A-Bar calves won the Shorthorn Championship and sold at 26-cents per pound, establishing a price record at the Kansas City markets. It was one of many championships won by Sni-A-Bar over the next twenty years.