BILLINGS, Mont. – The Northern International Livestock Exposition (NILE) will once again be coming to the expansive Metra Park on Oct. 12-19, 2019. This annual stock show and rodeo has come to be known as a celebration of agriculture and the western way of life. With a week full of livestock, equine and youth events, this is sure to be an event all western enthusiasts can enjoy.
The NILE arose from humble beginnings over 50 years ago when a group of local stockman and business men decided the Billings area would benefit from an event that showcased the area’s vast livestock industry. The Public Auction Yards (PAYS) hosted the inaugural event. Since then the NILE has grown into a celebration that is attended by nearly 50,000 exhibitors, contestants and fans each year and it generates nearly $8 million in economic impact for the Yellowstone County area.
As a non-profit 501 (c) (3) organization, the NILE is dedicated to the promotion of livestock, agriculture education and respect for the western culture. The week-long show is jam packed with different livestock and agriculture events.
New to this year’s livestock lineup is the Youth Jackpot Club Calf Show, which will take place on Wednesday, Oct. 16. This show is open to any youth who purchased a club calf at the NILE Club Calf Sale on Tuesday, Oct. 15. After the sale, these youth can return to the showing with their newly purchased show animal for a chance to compete.
“It’s going to be pretty cool for kids. They are so excited when they buy a new calf like that. They are all clipped, ready to go, and now they will have a chance to show them before they take them home,” stated Jennifer Boka, general manager of the NILE.
The junior livestock shows, which are large component of the NILE, serve as an opportunity for youth to compete and showcase their passions for agriculture. This year, entries for the junior livestock shows closed in record time, maxing out entry space mere hours after they opened. Youth from all across the nation will show their hogs, sheep, steers and goats in market and showmanship classes, vying for top spots. Youth will also have the opportunity to sell their market animals if they choose. This year the junior feeder sale will take place on Monday, Oct. 14, 2019, at 6 p.m.
As always, the NILE will serve as a Mecca for quality cattle genetics, highlighting the best from Angus to Texas Longhorn and everything in between. All Grand Champion females and bulls will be invited to compete in the NILE Supreme Row Show, presented by Little Big Horn State Bank, on Saturday, Oct. 19, at 5 p.m. The Supreme Champion female and bull will each receive $1,000 and a NILE boot.
For equine lovers, the NILE will offer futurities, AQHA sanctioned shows and two top of the line horse sales. Whether you are looking for a weanling or yearling prospect, or you want a ready to go performance or ranch horse, the NILE Gold Buckle Select Horse Sales will have many quality horses to offer.
In between all of that, there will be a ranch rodeo and three nights of PRCA rodeo action. Not to mention, Metra Park will be host to several vendors as well during this year’s NILE. The arenas will be packed and the air will be filled with the smell of Final Bloom and Showsheen.
“We run from Saturday to Saturday and both the cattle show arena and the horse area are booked solid all day. We will have everything from cattle breed shows to a ranch horse versatility show to our junior feed shows,” said Boka.
The NILE has come to be one of the Northwest’s premier stock shows and it is no wonder. With top quality cattle and horses competing for prestigious titles, the NILE is sure to offer competition and entertainment for fans of all ages. Check out www.thenile.org to get a detailed schedule on all the shows and events at the 2019 NILE.