- Associated Press - Thursday, May 12, 2016

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - The American Royal annual barbecue contest is moving from Missouri to Kansas.

The American Royal Association announced Thursday that the contest will be held at the Kansas Speedway from Oct. 26-30. The Kansas City Star reports (http://j.mp/1T90YTx ) it’s the first time the event, which started 36 years ago, will be in Kansas.

The contest, which draws hundreds of amateur and professional barbecue teams and tens of thousands of attendees, has had three locations in Kansas City, Missouri, including at Arrowhead Stadium.

The American Royal Association said in a release that the move to the Speedway was necessary because of scheduling conflicts at the Truman Sports Complex.

Kansas Speedway President Pat Warren said in a statement he looks forward to showing contestants and fans “a great time at our unique venue.”

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Information from: The Kansas City Star, http://www.kcstar.com

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