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NILE show celebrates West in post-tornado fashion

Paul Marchant Published on 29 October 2010
Northern International Livestock Exposition team

The 2010 Northern International Livestock Exposition held Oct. 12 to 18 in Billings, Montana, lived up to its motto, "Preserving and Embracing the Western Lifestyle," perhaps more than any previous year in spite of some obstacles presented by Mother Nature months prior to the conference.

After a tornado ravaged MetraPark in June, NILE officials were able to work around the damage, with amazing efficiency, to pull off the successful event. While nobody would like a repeat of the past year's challenges, the NILE staff, volunteers and people of of Billings and Yellowstone County ably demonstrated the tenacity, resiliency and spirit of the Western ranching lifestyle and the people who embrace it.

Again this year, The NILE hosted several national breed shows and sales, as well as events such as the NILE Ranch Rodeo, ranch roping, ranch horse competition, horse training clinics, the Merit Heifer show, cowboy poetry, Dutch oven cooking, trade show and Montana's largest PRCA ProRodeo event.

Champions were named in the following shows:

Red Angus, Miniature Hereford, Lowline, Hereford, Angus, Gelbvieh, Dexter, Galloway, Longhorn, Junior Fed Steers, Junior Fed Lambs, Junior Fed Swine, Club Calf. end_mark