15 in ’15: Sikeston Jaycee Bootheel Rodeo

This post is one in a series of 15 posts of 15 things to do in Missouri in 2015. Don’t miss these other “15 in ’15”  posts. Happy exploring in 2015 and enjoy the show!

Head due west of the Mississippi River and you’ll find Sikeston, known for its annual rodeo. If you haven’t had the chance to wear your favorite cowboy boots, this is the perfect opportunity!

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The town’s Junior Chamber of Commerce hosts the Sikeston Jaycee Bootheel Rodeo that brings top cowboys and cowgirls together in one arena. The club facilitates the rodeo every year, along with a little league football program, haunted hayride and crawfish boil.

The Jaycee Chamber, established in 1934, has remained dedicated to improving Sikeston. The rodeo is the biggest fundraiser, which gives the Chamber the ability to donate to a number of charities such as the YMCA and Kenny Rogers Children’s Center. In fact, at the 62nd annual rodeo, singer Bret Michaels and his band donated $5,000 for the Hoops for Life charity after their performance.

There’s no question that the rodeo has a positive financial impact in the community, and there’s much more the event has to offer. Click your spurs together and enjoy captivating music from artists such as Brantley Gilbert, Randy Houser, Gary Allen and Chris Cagle, all of whom have performed at past rodeos.

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If you’re looking for a variety of activities, the rodeo is known for its Cowboy Up! Art Festival, Cowboy Color Chase 5k race, annual golf tournament, barrel racing, and of course, what would a rodeo be without bull riding?

And if you’re shaking in your boots, afraid you may miss the 63rd rodeo scheduled August 5-8, 2015, just hold your horses! The Sikeston Jaycee Bootheel Rodeo comes to town every year! Below is a list of some of the events happening at the rodeo this year.

August 5-8

63rd Annual Jaycee Bootheel RodeoExperience one of the country’s top rodeos offering more than $100,000 in prize money. At the conclusion of each night’s rodeo events, be entertained by nationally known country music artists. Sikeston Rodeo Grounds, 1308 N. Ingram, 800-455-2855, www.sikestonrodeo.com 


Rodeo Fan Pancake BreakfastAnchor Church of Downtown Sikeston invites rodeo fans to this breakfast event. 126 E. Front St., Sikeston. 


Aug. 7

3rd Annual Lunch with Sikeston Jaycee Bootheel Clowns & QueensHave lunch with the Rodeo Clowns and Queens; snap a picture and get their autographs; enjoy face painting and balloon art. 11:30 AM- 1 PM, Sikeston Outlet Stores, 100 Outlet Drive. This is an indoor event. For more information call 573-472-2222. 


“Behind-the-Chute”  Rodeo TourJoin the Jaycees for free walking tours highlighting the rodeo operations that take place behind the chutes. 10 AM, Sikeston Rodeo Grounds, 1308 N. Ingram.  All children must be accompanied by an adult.

7 & 8

Bootheel Quilters Guild Quilt ShowBrowse through dozens of quilts on display; see quilting demonstrations; and shop for those special gifts. 10 AM-4 PM, Miner Convention Center, 2610 East Malone. www.visitsikeston.com 


Jaycee Bootheel Rodeo ParadeKick-off Rodeo Saturday with a parade!  10 AM, Route travels south from Salcedo Road and N. Kingshighway to Downtown Sikeston. 


Cowboy Up! Arts FestivalEnjoy roping and branding demonstrations, as well as music, crafts, concessions, and pony rides.   Sponsored by the Sikeston Depot Museum, 10 AM – 3 PM, Legion Square, Downtown Sikeston, 115 E. Front Street, 573-481-9967, Visit us on Facebook,   www.facebook.com/pages/Sikeston-Depot-Museum 

Check out VisitMO.com for more information about Sikeston.

Written by Jamie Crockett, former communications intern for the Missouri Division of Tourism. Photos provided by the Sikeston Convention and Visitors Bureau

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