Ramble on Down to Sikeston this Fall

Join the fun at the Fourth Annual Cotton Ramble Bike Ride in Sikeston.

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 on Saturday, October 13, 2012.

The Cotton Ramble Bike Ride is not a race. With 13-mile, 26-mile and 65-mile routes, riders choose rides based on their individual level of training. All routes begin and end in historic Downtown Sikeston at the Sikeston Depot Museum and Gallery, 116 W. Malone Avenue.

Enjoy seeing Sikeston’s beautiful homes during the ride.

From the mass start, riders travel along shaded, tree-lined streets showcasing majestic 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-mile route includes rolling hill country.

The 26- and 65-mile routes include tours of two working cotton gins. (Tours are open to riders and area visitors.)

All routes are well marked and include rest stops with refreshments and toilet facilities.  SAG service will be provided. Registration and detailed event information can be found online, or contact ride officials at 573-475-3725 or via email at parks@sikeston.org.

Participants coming in the night before the Bike Ride can enjoy the “Rock and Ramble” Party.  The fun starts at 7 p.m., Friday evening at Jeremiah’s Restaurant and Lounge, 102 N. Kingshighway, in Downtown Sikeston.

Then, Saturday morning, we invite you to visit our Farmers Market held in Legion Square of Downtown Sikeston. Enjoy a great selection of fresh fruits, vegetables, jams, jellies and breads.

Legion Square, on Front Street at N. Kingshighway, also is the site of the Cotton Festival where you’ll enjoy family fun, food, crafts and live entertainment during and after the Cotton Ramble Bike Ride.

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.

For more hands-on fun, check out Beggs Family Farm, which is hosting its Fall Harvest Festival each weekend in October. Pick your pumpkins, enjoy a corn maze, pig races and animal displays.

The Sikeston CVB provides a number of self-guided itineraries on its website. Choose from the Historic Homes Walking/Driving Tour, Wine Lovers Trail, Fishing Trail, Veterans’ Memorial Driving Tour, Art & Antique Lovers Tour, and our Nature Lovers Trail.

You always find a good meal, and a friend, at Lambert’s Cafe.

And don’t overlook Sikeston’s unique restaurants, cafes and pubs – catch a roll at the world famous Lambert’s Café, 2305 E. Malone Avenue, or enjoy down-home southern barbeque at Dexter Bar-B-Que, 124 N. Main St.

Your possibilities for fun and adventure are endless in Sikeston!

Written by Linda Lowes, director of governmental services for the City of Sikeston.