Festivals and Events

Ramble on Down to Sikeston this Fall

Are you looking for a convenient location that promises a weekend of fun-filled activities?  Look no farther than Sikeston, Missouri! Located half-way between St. Louis and Memphis, you find us at the junction of I-55, I-57 and U.S. 60. We invite you to celebrate fall and our cotton heritage with the 4th Annual Cotton Ramble Bike Ride and Cotton Festival ... Read More »

Fall Fun Abounds in Springfield

When it comes to fall festivals, Springfield is one fantastic place to visit. Around the area, you find car shows, cultural celebrations, food tastings, a multi-day fitness festival and more lined up for 2012 fall season. Need proof? Here’s some of what’s in store for August, September and October. Aug. 11 – 2nd Annual Birthplace of Route 66 Festival & ... Read More »

Saddle Up for Fun at Sikeston Jaycee Bootheel Rodeo

Are you looking for a convenient location that promises some of the best, fun-filled activities in the region?  Look no farther; the Sikeston Jaycee Bootheel Rodeo, Aug. 8-11, brings you nationally ranked rodeo talent with the very best in live country music entertainment. Wednesday evening, Aug. 8, The Band Perry, takes the Rodeo stage followed by Jerrod Niemann on Thursday, ... Read More »

Explore, Discover and Enjoy …

… all that Madison County, Missouri has to offer. Whether you’re planning to visit or relocate, you will fall in love with our beautiful, historic part of Southeast Missouri. Take a look around Fredericktown,as you enter from Highway 67, and enjoy local produce and crafts at the Madison County Farmer’s Market.  Opening on Friday, April 27, local growers and crafters ... Read More »

Go Batty at Unique Missouri Festival

The public is invited to Missouri’s first ever Bat Festival on Saturday, April 21, at Onondaga Cave State Park at the Leasburg exit off Interstate 44. Rob Mies, the director and founder of the Organization for Bat Conservation, is coming and bringing some of his furry friends, including a Malayan flying fox, which, with its six-foot wingspan, is the largest ... Read More »

Branson’s Birthday Bash

Here are the notes from my speech at the opening of the Branson Centennial Museum: The novelist, poet and author of The Prophet, Khalil Gibran said, “Your living is determined not so much by what life brings to you as by the attitude you bring to life; not so much by what happens to you as by the way your ... Read More »

Celebrate Spring in Sikeston

Ready to celebrate spring? Sikeston is the place to do it! Our spring event season in Historic Downtown Sikeston kicks off with Sikeston-in-Bloom and the Bootheel’s Best BBQ Cook-off on April 28. Both Sikeston-in-Bloom and the Cook-off will be held in Downtown Sikeston.  Sikeston-in-Bloom will be located in American Legion Square (corner of West Malone at North New Madrid Street) ... Read More »

Celebrating Small Town America

The Charleston Chamber of Commerce is busy making preparations for the 44th Annual Dogwood-Azalea Festival.  This festival, held the third weekend of April, is one of the premier springtime events in Southeast Missouri. An inferno of pinks, whites, and purples blaze throughout the springtime landscape of Charleston, reminding visitors to the small town located between the confluence of the Mississippi ... Read More »

Experience St. Pat’s Day in Rolla

Get your green on and join us for a century-old tradition; a celebration that pays homage to St. Patrick, the patron saint of engineers.  St. Pat’s in Rolla is a festival of music, games and off-the-wall activities!  The streets are painted green, a royal court is crowned and university students flaunt the creations of homemade wooden shillelaghs. It’s a celebration ... Read More »

Seasonal Celebrations Abound in Missouri

Christmas is 10 days away, which means you need to do two things: 1) Finish your shopping; 2) Enjoy the fun events happening around Missouri during this season of celebration. In every corner of the Show-Me State, celebrations of all sorts take place as 2011 winds to a close and 2012 draws near. Whether you’re interested in drive-thru light parks, ... Read More »