Are you looking for a convenient location that promises a week-end of fun-filled activities? Look no farther than Sikeston.
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 our cotton heritage and fall fun in Sikeston with the 5th Annual Cotton Ramble Bike Ride and Downtown Harvest Festival & Antique Tractor Show being held Saturday, Oct. 12, 2013.
The Cotton Ramble isn’t a race. With 13, 26, 65, and 100-mile routes, riders choose the one best suited to their individual level of training. All routes begin and end in historic downtown Sikeston at the Sikeston Depot Museum and Gallery, 116 W. Malone Ave.
From the mass start, riders travel along shaded, tree-lined streets featuring homes constructed in the early 1900s. Leaving town, the routes take you along fields of cotton, soybeans and corn. Terrain for the 13- and 26-mile routes is mostly flat. The 65- and 100-mile routes include rolling hill country. Longer routes also include tours of two working cotton gins. (Tours are open to both riders and area visitors.) All routes are well-marked and include rest stops with refreshments and restroom facilities. SAG service will be provided. Registration and detailed event information can be found at CottonRamble.com. Contact Ride officials at 573-475-3725 or via email at Parks@Sikeston.org.
Legion Square, Front Street at N. Kingshighway, is the site of the Downtown Fall Festival & Antique Tractor Show. You’ll enjoy family fun, food, crafts and live entertainment. While Downtown, don’t forget to visit the Sikeston Depot Museum and Gallery! Built in 1916 as an Iron Mountain Railroad Depot, the structure is on the National Register of Historic Places. Its displays offer visitors a historic look at the region and its agricultural history. Historic downtown Sikeston also provides visitors a wide selection of unique shops and galleries.
We invite you to spend the night and enjoy our self-guided tour itineraries. The newest, our Fall Ag Driving Tour, showcases the harvest of cotton, rice and soybeans. Other tours include the Historic Homes Walking/Driving Tour, Wine Lovers Trail, Fishing Trail, Veterans’ Memorial Driving Tour, Art & Antique Lovers Tour, and our Nature Lovers Trail. Driving instructions for all tours can be found on VisitSikeston.com or call the CVB at 888-309-6591.
On Saturday mornings, visit our expanded Farmers Market held in Legion Square of downtown Sikeston. Enjoy a great selection of fresh fruits, vegetables, jams, jellies and breads, while being entertained by local musicians.
Don’t overlook Sikeston’s unique restaurants, cafes and pubs – catch a roll at the world-famous Lambert’s Café, 2325 E. Malone Ave., or enjoy down-home southern barbecue at Dexter BBQ, 124 N. Main St.
Your possibilities for fun and adventure are endless — Enjoy the Sikeston difference!
Written by Linda Lowes, director of the Sikeston Convention and Visitors Bureau.