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American Royal Announces National Barbecue Hall of Fame Class of 2012

Bayer Continues Local Commitment as American Royal Presenting Sponsor
Kansas City – The American Royal Association has named the 2012 inductees of the newly acquired National Barbecue Hall of Fame at the American Royal. A formal induction ceremony will take place on the main stage of the World Series of Barbecue® on October 6th. The American Royal also announced the return of Bayer HealthCare LLC, Animal Health Division as the presenting sponsor of the 2012 American Royal Season. 
This year’s National Barbecue Hall of Fame inductees have demonstrated a crowning achievement in barbecue excellence. The Business/Industry category inductee is Henry Ford for his role in creating the charcoal briquette. The Pitmaster category inductee is Johnny Trigg, one of the featured personalities on TLC’s hit barbecue show the BBQ Pitmasters. The Celebrity category inductee is Guy Fieri, host of Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives on the Food Network.
“We are pleased to make both of these announcements at the same time. Many people in Kansas City think of the American Royal as mainly a barbecue contest, but we are actually a full season of events, presented by Bayer, that all contribute to our purpose as a 501(c)3 charity for children. The World Series of Barbecue® is presented by UMB and is the nation’s largest and K.C.’s most-attended annual barbecue event. We are expecting Guy Fieri and Johnny Trigg to attend this year’s Barbecue for the Hall of Fame awards ceremony. We are the World Series of Barbecue® so having the Hall of Fame and induction ceremony here is a natural fit,” says Bob Petersen, American Royal President & CEO.
All past inductees are also invited to come and celebrate the new home of the National Barbecue Hall of Fame at the American Royal. The National Barbecue Hall of Fame currently has seven members. The additional inductees this year will bring the total to 10 honorees. The past recipients are industry greats and include Rich Davis, Fred Gould, Speed Herrig, Mike Mills, Carolyn Wells, Gary Wells and John Willingham.
“The American Royal’s commitment to agricultural education and values is at the heart of the Kansas City community. Bayer values giving back to its community and working with the American Royal is a great way to make that happen. Bayer has been a proud supporter of the American Royal for nearly two decades and we are honored to return for the second consecutive year as the Presenting Sponsor.” said Ian Spinks, President and General Manager, Bayer Animal Health - North America.
The American Royal World Series of Barbecue® will be returning for the 33rd year to the historic West Bottoms during October 4-7. This year promises to be another success with great food, musical entertainment, fireworks and plenty of family fun Saturday in the Kid’s Korral. Check www.americanroyal.com for the latest barbecue event news and announcements.
About the American Royal
The American Royal Association is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) corporation that has been a Kansas City tradition since 1899. Each year more than 270,000 people attend events at the American Royal Complex. In 2011, the Royal was able to give $1.4 million in scholarship and educational awards. In addition to its educational mission, the American Royal generates some $70 million of economic impact, $4.4 million in local tax revenues, and supports 450 jobs.

Press Contact:
Jeremy Povenmire
(816) 569-4047
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