Using music videos, the Jaycees announced the 2004 lineup. This year's entertainers are: Emerson Drive and Joe Nichols, Aug. 11; Blake Shelton, Aug. 12; Chris Cagle, Aug. 13; and Phil Vassar, Aug. 14.
A second video presentation followed with what the Jaycees described as an equally important message - the impact the Rodeo's fund-raising has on the community. According to the presentation the Sikeston Jaycees have donated approximately $250,000 in the past five years to various community projects ranging from the YMCA to Missouri Delta Medical Center to scholarships for students attending the Sikeston Area Higher Education Center.
Then before the standing-room-only crowd, the Jaycees added to their list of donations presenting an $18,000 check to the Missouri Delta Medical Center for the dialysis unit. A second presentation of $18,000 went to the Sikeston Rescue Squad to fund the purchase of a new "jaws of life," used to extract victims in car accidents.
"The rodeo has a positive impact," noted Lloyd Stoner, the 2004 general chairman for the event.
Stoner announced changes made last year proved popular and will continue. These include the 7 p.m. starting time for the four nights of the Rodeo and concluding each show with the stars' performances.
Once again the Jaycees will host a Rodeo parade and family day activities. The event will be Aug. 7 with the parade beginning at the Chamber office and ending at the Rodeo grounds where there will be a variety of family-oriented activities and lunch available.
For those who want to be among the first to obtain tickets to any of the performances, the Rodeo ticket office opened Thursday and is open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. today and from 1 to 6 p.m. Saturday. For each ticket sold this weekend, the Jaycees will donate $1 of the proceeds to the Kenny Rogers Children's Center.
Tickets will also be available through the Jaycee Rodeo Web site - www.sikestonrodeo.com - where an order form can be printed for mailing or by calling 1-800-455-BULL.
In other Chamber news:
* The Annual Awards Banquet is April 1 at the Sikeston Field House. Chamber Director Missy Marshall said tickets are still available but "tables are filling up quickly." Tickets can be obtained by contacting the Chamber office.
* The Miner Fire Department and the American Legion will sell barbecue at the Sikeston Outlet Mall today and from 1 p.m. to closing Saturday. The proceeds will purchase rescue equipment for the Miner Fire Department.
* A 5K/10K run and 5k Walk is set for April 3 at the Ferguson Medical Group. The event will help fund research to fight Batten's disease, a neurological disease impacting children.