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Herd of events ushers in rodeo on Saturday

Friday, August 1, 2008

SIKESTON -- A parade and day full of events will kick off the 56th Annual Sikeston Jaycee Bootheel Rodeo this Saturday.

The Rodeo Parade and Community Day begin at 10 a.m. Saturday with a line up of the parade beginning at 9 a.m. at the Sikeston Area Chamber of Commerce.

"I think we're on schedule, and everything will be fine," said Rodeo Parade Chair Ben Wrather about getting ready the event.

Civic groups are still welcome participate in the parade, Wrather said. The parade will follow the roads through the Sikeston Sports Complex and end at the Sikeston Jaycee Rodeo grounds. Immediately following the parade, the Community Day will start at the rodeo grounds where a barbecue lunch, pony rides and jumping space for children will be available. There will also be rodeo clown face painting and a petting zoo.

New this year is a dunking booth with well-known Sikeston individuals taking turns sitting in the booth.

"We thought we'd get some people in there we thought others would want to dunk," said Marcie Lawson, community manager for American Cancer Society.

Sikeston Mayor Mike Marshall will be the first to sit in the booth beginning at noon. Other community individuals who will serve 20-minute intervals in the booth include Sikeston Mayor ProTem Mike Bohannon, Sikeston Department of Public Safety's Bobby Sullivan, Monica Ward of Sikeston R-6 Schools; Andy Vanover of DPS; Jenny Hobeck of Sikeston R-6; Angela Zorbas of Sikeston R-6; John Blakely of DPS; and Sikeston Jaycees Matt Drake, Matt Matthews and Ron Payne.

"We added the school principals so the kids would have someone to dunk," Lawson said.

The Tough Enough to Wear Pink committee came up with the idea to have a dunking booth, Lawson said.

"The Jaycees do such a great job of raising money. We really want to make sure that breast cancer awareness isn't forgotten by capturing those who attend the rodeo parade and community day but not the rodeo," Lawson said.

Mike Marsh, director of the Sikeston Depot, said he's excited about the Cowboy Up! Arts Festival planned for Aug. 8-9.

"We're real proud of what we're able to do. This is by far the biggest and best we've ever had during Rodeo Week," Marsh said.

Marsh said he's also looking forward to performances by Flamenco Guitarist Ronald Radford and Randy Erwin.

"Ronald Erwin has a 50-foot self-contained art trailer. He's a western artist and developed a saddle for handicapped children," Marsh said.

And Radford is a world-class performer, Marsh said.

"That's no joke. He was here nine years ago and he's outstanding," Marsh said.

Because the Depot received two grants, the normally $30-admission fee is only $5 for Radford's performance which is at the Albritton-Mayer Cultural Center, Marsh said.

Marsh encouraged visitors and residents to take advantage of the free admissiona exhibits and entertainment at the Depot, too.

"And free doesn't mean bad," Marsh said. "We're working hard to make it available to everybody in the community. All they have to do is come down and have a good time."

Rodeo events round up

Saturday, Aug. 2

Sikeston Area Chamber of Commerce Annual Rodeo Run: at Sikeston Sports complex.

Registration begins at 6:30 a.m. at Pavilion No. 1 next to the tennis courts.

10 a.m. Rodeo Parade begins.

11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Rodeo Kick-Off Day BBQ Lunch. The cost is $7.50 per ticket. Tickets are available at the Sikeston Area Humane Society, 1900 Compress Road (471-4801) and from the Sikeston Jaycees at 1220 N. Ingram Road (471-7196).

Monday & Tuesday, Aug. 4-5

Slack: general admission is $5; tickets available at the gate.

Wednesday, Aug. 6

7 p.m. Rodeo begins; Little Big Town performs.

Entertainment tentatively scheduled for 9:30 or directly after the Rodeo. For tickets, call (573)471-7196.

Thursday, Aug. 7

10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Cowboy Up! Kids' Art Festival Show

7 p.m. Rodeo; 38 Special performs.

Friday, Aug. 8

Cowboy Up! Arts Festival at Sikeston Depot and American Legion Park: Arts and crafts, concessions, Cowboy Poets, live musical entertainment, pony rides and a petting zoo, a Depot robbery and cowboy shoot-out will happen.

10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Cowboy Up! Kids' Art Festival Show

noon to 1 p.m. Randy Erwin, trick roper, singer, world-class western yodler performs.

1 p.m. to 2 p.m. Reba McEntire impersonator performs.

2 p.m. to 3 p.m. Randy Erwin performs.

3 p.m. to 4 p.m. Steve Clinton performs.

7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Flamenco guitarist Ronald Radford performs at Albritton-Mayer Cultural Center. Admission is $5.

7 p.m. Rodeo; Gary Allen performs.

Saturday, Aug. 9

Cowboy Cookoff at the Clinton Building in Sikeston: There will take home barbecue, raffles, beer garden, entertainment, concessions. Limited spots are available for cooking teams. Prizes will be awarded. Call 471-9353 for more information.

Cowboy Up! Arts Festival

10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Cowboy Up! Kids' Art Festival Show

10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Randy Erwin performs.

11 a..m to noon Dixie Players perform.

11:30 a.m. Lunch with Rodeo Clowns.

11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Cowboy Silhouette Charity Art Auction.

noon to 1 p.m. Randy Erwin performs.

1 p.m. to 2 p.m. Dixie Players perform.

2 p.m. to 3 p.m. Randy Erwin performs.

3 p.m. to 4 p.m. Steve Clinton performs.

4 p.m. to 5 p.m. Randy Erwin performs.

Both days: Cat Ranch Art Guild Exhibition at The Depot Museum

Southeast Explorer Mobile Museum with NASA display

Ron Hauser's Mobile Art show.

7 p.m. Rodeo; Jason Aldean performs.

Tough Enough to Wear Pink Night: Wear pink to support for the fight against breast cancer. Breast cancer survivors, as well as family and friends of those survivors or those who lost the fight to attend the Rodeo Saturday night to show their support.