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Tuesday, Sep. 16, 2014

Rounding up rodeo visitors

Sunday, August 15, 2004

The Sikeston Jaycee Bootheel Rodeo has come and gone! What an exciting time this always is for us and what a boost to our economy. The hotels, restaurants, and stores were booming!

We were busy prior to the event getting itineraries set up for the tour groups that came.

This year we had three buses scheduled for the rodeo. One of the groups from Illinois, a group of 52, was here long enough to enjoy the Redneck Barbecue, Factory Outlet Shopping and even to go to Beggs Family Farm for a tour. We prepared goodie bags for all the tours and enjoyed meeting them.

As many of you may recall, one of the most fun things we do during Rodeo week is to kidnap an out-of-state family which we take to the rodeo.

On the rodeo's final day we go out on Interstate 55 to kidnap our family. We locate an out-of-state license plate and try to get a family of four. With the help of a Scott County Sheriff's Department deputy we pull the vehicle over and invite them to join us.

The family wins lodging for a night, a basket full of goodies presented by the Chairman of the Redneck BBQ Shad Old and the Convention and Visitors Bureau, lunch at the Redneck Barbecue and many other donated items from our generous merchants: U.S. Bank, Dr. Steve Nast's office, Paul's Christian Bookstore, Craftmasters, R. J. Silvers, Personal Expressions, Susie's, Buttons and Bows, the Depot, Sikes, Sabona and Midway Wholesale.

The kidnapped father judged the barbecue contest and the children got to judge the Baby Back Cookers and participate in the children's games.

After the fun-filled day at the Redneck Barbecue, the CVB escorted them to the Jaycee Bootheel Rodeo for dinner at the Cattle Baron's Barn compliments of the Jaycees. I then took them to their box seats provided by the CVB.

Best Western donated the hotel room for our guests and Helen's Florist placed fresh flowers and "Tourism Works for America" balloons in their room.

Today the family will have the opportunity to shop with their gift certificate provided by the Sikeston Factory Outlet Stores. Lambert's has donated dinners for four, too, so they will be sent on their merry way with yet another taste of our southern hospitality.

For our rodeo guests - our kidnapped family and the many others who visited these past four days - I'm sure they discovered Sikeston and Miner are "So Much More Than You Imagine."