While this is the third year for the Depot Museum's rodeo weekend festival, according to Mike Marsh, director of the Sikeston Depot, several events and features were added.
"This is a lot more than we've every had before," he said. "This year it's a lot bigger than it's ever been."
The three additions that excite Marsh the most can be summed up in three words: "Cowboys, Indians and kids."
The Rawhide and Dusty Show, scheduled at 12:30 p.m. and 2:45 p.m. Friday and at 12:45 p.m. and 2:45 p.m. Saturday on a lot just north of the Depot, will feature bullwhip and lasso tricks by "Rawhide" and his wife along with tricks by their horse, Dusty.
"We're really excited about that," Marsh said. "One of the tricks is his horse climbs to the very top of his truck. At the end, 'Rawhide' goes out and teaches the kids to do lasso tricks."
The traveling Sac and Fox Indian Nation exhibit is in the museum now and will remain on display through Aug. 26.
"We've never had anything like this before," Marsh said.
Friday and Saturday will be extra special as two of the tribe's members, Andra Herrington and Vera Grant, will be here to demonstrate native crafting and to share their history.
"They'll only be here those two days," Marsh said. "They are going to be in full regalia, tribal garb."
Marsh noted some of Grant's work is on display at the Smithsonian Institute and craft items will be for sale.
The Cowboy Up! Kids' Art Contest is also new this year.
"We've got two age categories and we've got prizes for both of them," Marsh said.
Mallory Cowger, the 2007 Miss Missouri High School Rodeo Queen, will judge this event.
Entries can be submitted between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Winners will be announced at 3 p.m. Saturday.
Other new events include the Rodeo Roundup Pet Contest, scheduled from 10:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. Saturday, which offers prize money for "the pet with the most rodeo spirit. We thought that would be fun," Marsh said. "That's open to any pet. Dogs, cats, birds -- we don't care. You can bring a pig!"
Another new feature Saturday will be the transformation of the Depot into the "The Swampeast Missouri Savings and Loan" for a "bank robbery" show by individuals who usually do Civil War re-enactments.
"We have a lot of activities for kids this year," Marsh said, "but there are a lot of things that will be for everybody. Most of the activities will be in the American Legion Park."
Among the new events added just for the little ones are a trackless train ride and chalk street art. "We're going to let kids draw on the street," Marsh said.
Old favorites, such as Lunch with the Rodeo Clowns, live music and performances by Cowboy Poets will all be back as well.
"All the entertainment is free," Marsh said. "We just hope people come out and enjoy it."