Fun is Heating Up This Summer in Sikeston

Looking for something unique and different? Explore the Sikeston area. It offers a convenient location, just 2 hours south of St. Louis on I-55, providing fun-filled activities throughout the year.

Rodeo Intro_Justin & Abbi Lindsey

The largest event of the season, the Sikeston JC Bootheel Rodeo, is being held August 6-9. One of Missouri’s leading rodeos, its events include bull riding, bareback riding, saddle bronco riding and more. This year bullfighting returns – this event is not for the faint-of-heart!

Included in the price of admission are nightly concerts by top country music entertainers. Wednesday evening Josh Thompson takes the stage, followed by Thompson Square on Thursday, Dustin Lynch on Friday and Bret Michaels on Saturday. For additional information or to purchase tickets go to or call 1-800-455-2855.

On Saturday, August 9, you’re invited to the Cowboy Up! Arts Festival. Just follow the Rodeo Parade to Downtown Sikeston where you’ll enjoy live music by Anna Catherine Dehart, Kennedy Frohawk and the Baker Family. You’ll find cowboy and western art, crafts, special exhibits, concessions, petting zoo and pony rides.

Lambert's Cafe in Sikeston, home of the throwed rolls.
Lambert’s Cafe in Sikeston, home of the throwed rolls.

While here don’t forget to stop by Lambert’s Café, or the award winning Dexter Barbeque and Susie’s Bake Shoppe and Restaurant. Visit these or any of our 40+ local restaurants. We guarantee you won’t go away hungry!

The Annual German Days Festival, August 8 and 9, is another great event you’ll want to check out. Held in Chaffee’s Frisco Park (800 S. Main St.) it’s located just 30 minutes northwest of Sikeston. This community celebrates its heritage with a carnival, car show, concert, talent show, pageants, concessions, tournaments and games. To learn more about the festival, call 573-887-3558 or visit

Benton Neighbor Days Festival, August 29-30, is another great trip. Located just 15 minutes north of Sikeston, Benton has celebrated this event since 1925. The festival includes carnival rides, games, exhibits and a parade. It’s held at the Benton Fairgrounds, Chester Street. Call 573-545-3525 for details.

In late September/early October our harvest season begins. Cotton is an important local crop that is celebrated with the Sikeston Cotton Carnival (September 23-27), Cotton Ramble Bike Ride and Downtown Cotton Festival and Antique Tractor Show (both held in Downtown Sikeston on October 11).

Beggs Family Farm is open each weekend in October featuring pumpkin picking, corn maze, petting zoo, and other family activities.

Cotton Ramble in Sikeston.
Cotton Ramble in Sikeston.

You’ll what to spend October 4 at the Sikeston Oktoberfest. Held at the rodeo grounds, 1308 N. Ingram Road, you’ll enjoy a day of live music, face and pumpkin painting, and games with great food – bratwurst, sauerkraut, soft pretzels and the all-American favorites, hot dogs and hamburgers.

A complete listing of events and amenities can be found on, or call 888-309-6591 for free brochures. We invite you and your family to spend the weekend with us and enjoy historic charm, festivals, shopping and dining.

Submitted by Linda Lowes, Director, Sikeston CVB

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