Looking for adventure and fun-filled activities? Look no farther than Sikeston, where the Battle of Sandy Ridge Civil War reenactment is set for March 1-3 on the site of the original battle.
I’ve attended the Battle of Sandy Ridge on several occasions and am astounded at the historical knowledge and authenticity the reenactors bring to the event. Soldiers attached to infantry, cavalry, and artillery units welcome you into their camps. As you stroll among the tents (which have straw bedding) and cook fires, you witness how soldiers lived in the 1860s. Reenactors are well-versed in Civil War History and enjoy answering questions and sharing battle stories.
Saturday morning, the action moves to historic Downtown Sikeston as reenactors attempt to capture Sikeston’s Depot (on the National Register of Historic Places). The battle starts in Malone Park and winds through downtown’s brick streets to the depot. Once the depot is captured, reenactors return to the original battlefield, where Civil War cannons accompany the clash of infantry and cavalry.
Battles are held both Saturday and Sunday. Sutlers (merchants) are set up just outside the camps, allowing both reenactors and visitors to purchase clothing, supplies and other goods. For more information about this event, contact Rick Justice at 573-471-2566 or go to VisitSikeston.com.
While I’m not Irish, I highly recommend the St. Patrick’s Day Celebration, held noon-4 p.m. March 16 at Malone Park in Downtown Sikeston. You’ll enjoy live music, an Irish Jig contest, St. Pat’s costume contest, food, crafts, and for those 21 years of age and older – a homebrew competition. Tickets are $10 and include a St. Patrick’s Day souvenir stein.
Beer samples will be provided by HUBREW, Buchner Brewing, Boulevard Brewing, Bob Ralph Distributing Company and Bluff City Beer. Attendees also will select the winners of the People’s Choice Award from among the brewers who submit entries for Historic Downtown Sikeston’s Second Annual Homebrew Contest (deadline to enter is March 6). Prizes will be awarded in the stout, IPA, Irish red ale, wheat and lager categories.
For information on the Homebrew Contest or St. Patrick’s Day Celebration, contact Lynn at 573-380-3801 or Kathy at 573-258-9270, or visit DowntownSikeston.org.
While in Sikeston don’t overlook its 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. You find a great selection of shopping opportunities, as well.
The Sikeston CVB has a number of self-guided itineraries on VisitSikeston.com. Choose from our Historic Homes Walking/Driving Tour, Wine Lovers Trail, Fishing Trail, Veterans Memorial Driving Tour, Art & Antique Lovers Tour, and our Nature Lovers Trail.
Written by Linda Lowes, director of the Sikeston Convention and Visitors Bureau.