Each year shoppers look forward to the North American Marketplace, which takes place exclusively during the North American International Livestock Exposition. The marketplace is located in the North Wing of the Kentucky Exposition Center and is open daily Nov. 4-9 and 12-16 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. There are extended hours Nov. 10-11 from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.
The North American Marketplace features more than 200,000 square feet of exhibit space and 200 vendors offering clothing, belt buckles, sweets, cowboy hats, arts and crafts, books, musical instruments, handcrafted furniture and jewelry. “Cowgirl chic” boutiques with the latest trends in western-style clothing and accessories round out the shopping experience.
All the latest products related to showing livestock are also available, including specialized vehicle trailers for transporting animals and livestock gear, such as bridles and saddles.
When it’s time to take a break from shopping, the food court offers something to tempt everyone’s taste buds – from pizza to pork chops.
Two other popular stops in the North Wing include:
North American Marketplace shoppers and expo visitors receive free admission and parking Nov. 7-8. All other days, admission to NAILE is $6 for adults and $3 for seniors (55 and older) and children (ages 2-12); parking is $8 daily.
The North American International Livestock Exposition (NAILE) is the largest all-breed, purebred livestock expo in the world and runs Oct. 31-Nov. 16 throughout the Kentucky Exposition Center.
For more information, visit www.livestockexpo.org.