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North American International Livestock Exposition (NAILE) opens its doors in November, livestock entries and their owners will take part in what promises to be one of the most prestigious shows ever. A total of forty-seven dairy, sheep and beef cattle association open shows will be held in 2008. Add to these the junior shows, the market animal shows, the American Quarter Horse Association sanctioned show, the draft horse show, the mule and donkey show, the Boer goat show and the llama and alpaca events, and the number of activities at the big expo rises to more than 120 separate events during the two week run. Many major livestock industry shows are produced by non-profit organizations set up specifically for the purpose of conducting the event. The NAILEs structure is different. It is produced by the Commonwealth of Kentucky under the direction of the Kentucky State Fair Board. The Kentucky Exposition Center (KEC) in Louisville, KY is its permanent home. A small staff performs the expo's day-to-day administrative tasks and a legion of volunteers from across the nation performs a myriad of other duties. A look back to the expo's founding reveals a unique sequence of events that led to the establishment of the world's largest purebred livestock show.