Have you noticed? There's an excitement in the air as the hustle and bustle of Rodeo Week approaches. The 51st Annual Jaycee Bootheel Rodeo is almost here. There's non-stop activity at the rodeo grounds, while area merchants prepare for the thousands of visitors to our community.
The city is gearing up for our guests as well. Park Division crews are sprucing up our recreational areas, while our Street Division is making every effort to see that Sikeston's rights-of-way are clean and presentable. Public Safety is working closely with the Jaycees and area law enforcement agencies to develop plans for traffic control and security at this annual event.
I'm asking every Sikeston resident to join with us in this effort to showcase our community. This city is starting a "Litter Awareness" campaign. You can help by encouraging your family and friends to discard paper, trash and other waste properly. Leaving it on a parking lot or throwing it out the car window only defaces the community in which you live. Take the time to place trash in dumpsters or waste receptacles located throughout town.
Businesses and homeowners, I'm asking each of you to make a special effort to show off your property. Each and every one of you contribute to the image of Sikeston, so make those repairs, mow the grass and trim the shrubs. Your pride is our community's pride.
And, when the work is done, enjoy the rodeo! Once again, our Sikeston Jaycees have done an outstanding job of bringing the rodeo circuit's best athletes and top country musicians to entertain to this regional event.
On Rodeo Saturday, make a point of visiting Downtown Sikeston, where you can have lunch with the rodeo clowns from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., and where the kids can enjoy pony rides. If you are a barbecue enthusiast, you'll want to stop by the Redneck Barbecue being held at the Sikeston Recreational Complex, where barbecue professionals and some very serious amateurs are competing for top honors and bragging rights.
While the ribs are cooking, enjoy the quilt show being held at the Clinton Community Building or the horseshoe tournament, live entertainment and games, being sponsored by the Sikeston Area Chamber of Commerce. Activities begin at 10 a.m. on Rodeo Saturday, so join the fun and excitement.
I hope you and the many thousands of visitors bound for our community will enjoy this variety of events and entertainment. Like you, I want our guests to have a good impression of our community. Please join me in sprucing up the town and showing folks what Sikeston's southern hospitality is all about.
I'm Sikeston Proud!