While the North American International Livestock Exposition is packed with competitions, sales and contests, visitors in the know schedule time for the Giant Country Store. The store is located in the North Wing of the Kentucky Exposition Center and open daily from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Nov. 5-17. The exception is Nov. 11-12, which offers extended hours: 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.
The Giant Country Store features more than 200,000 square feet of exhibit space and 200 vendors offering almost anything you can imagine associated with livestock gear and western wear. All the latest products related to showing livestock are available, including specialized vehicle trailers for transporting animals and livestock gear, such as bridles and saddles. Shoppers will also find clothing, belt buckles, cowboy hats, arts and crafts, musical instruments, handcrafted furniture and jewelry. “Cowgirl chic” boutiques with the latest trends in western-style clothing and accessories round out the shopping experience.
When it’s time to take a break from shopping, visitors head to the expansive food court located nearby. From pizza to pork chops – there are tempting treats to fit everyone’s taste buds.
Another popular stop in the North Wing is the Art of Wool showcase, featuring displays and demonstrations by crafters of how wool goes from sheep to shawl. Children can visit the Children’s Barnyard, where they have the opportunity to interact with rabbits, mini horses, lambs, newly-hatched ducklings and other baby animals.
For more information, visit www.livestockexpo.org.