Kansas City, Mo. A young woman who once made Douglas County 4-H history will bid farewell to the livestock show circuit this week after competing at the American Royal in Kansas City, Mo.
"This is my last show," said Angela Anders, 19. "They tell me I'm too old. In 4-H, 19 is the limit."
Anders is the daughter of Kirby and Arletta Anders, of KDA Ranch in Eudora. She left her mark on Douglas County 4-H by taking the grand champion awards in all three species steer, market hog and lamb at the 1990 Douglas County Free Fair.
She took two steers and two pigs to this year's American Royal. Her steers placed eighth and ninth in the 4-H Market Steer Show, and she's scheduled to show the pigs today.
DURING AN interview at the show Saturday, the Kansas University sophomore said she spent about a month working the steers' hair to make it stand up properly and look presentable.
"We were up at 5:30 this morning, washing, clipping and brushing," she said. "Steers take a little more time than the pigs. Pigs are easy."
No newcomer to the American Royal, Anders has participated for the last eight or nine years.
"It's a neat place to come," she said. "You get to see people from all over. I've got a girlfriend from Wyoming who's usually here."
The American Royal livestock show is touted as one of the top competitions for exhibitors from throughout the United States and Canada. The three market auctions (steers, lambs and hogs) generated more than $165,000 for young exhibitors in 1990.
THE HORSE show is considered one of the top three horse shows in the country, and the rodeo consistently ranks among the top 5 percent of rodeos sanctioned each year by the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Assn.
The American Royal Building will be razed following this year's show and replaced with a new facility in late 1992.
The $33.4 million project will feature a two-level covered walkway to Kemper Arena, 1,928 cattle stalls, room for 1,213 horse stalls or 1,250 exhibition booths, upper and lower level exhibition space, and a main arena with a seating capacity of 4,500.
The Governors Exposition Building will be renovated to include an education area-museum, 600-seat multipurpose theater-sale arena, exhibition-stall space, and a cafeteria.
Anders regrets she won't be able to compete in the building. She said she'll miss taking part in the many livestock shows across the state each year, but intends to take on a new role as a spectator.
"I still plan to run around and visit the other shows," she said.
EDITOR'S NOTE: A number of Lawrence area residents are competing at the American Royal this year. However, participants aren't filed by hometown, so Royal public relations officials cannot provide show results for this area. If you participated in this year's show, please send or bring the information to the Journal-World newsroom, 609 N.H., Lawrence 66044.