SIKESTON -- Looking for a unique opportunity to watch a parade, hear live music, and visit art exhibits all in the same day? Look no further than the Sikeston Depot's Cowboy Up! Arts Festival in downtown Sikeston Aug. 11.
"We wanted to do something to bring people downtown during the Rodeo," said Mike Marsh, director of the Depot.
This is the eighth time the event will take place, and it is projected to be the biggest rendition yet, said Marsh. "I'm having to turn away vendors" because the park has simply run out of room for them, he added.
The festival will run from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., and has several scheduled events taking place throughout the day. "You've got plenty to do, eat and see," said Marsh.
The farmers' market begins at 8 a.m. and will end at noon. It features fruits, vegetables and baked goods, according to Marsh. However, it is not precisely known which vendors will be present or absent. "It's kind of a come and go thing," he added.
The live music runs from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., and three artists will be performing during the festival. "It's all good country western music," said Marsh.
Ronda Taylor will perform from 9:30-11 a.m. Anna Catherine DeHart and the Dirt Road Express will perform from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Maggie Thorn and her father will entertain from 1-3 p.m.
The Rodeo Parade will start at the Kindergarten Center in Sikeston and process toward downtown, said Zach Fayette, publicity chairman for the Rodeo. It will arrive in downtown at approximately 10:30 a.m.
At 11 a.m., an event called "Meet the Rodeo Clowns" takes place in Legion Square Park. It is "an opportunity for the fans to interact with the clowns and rodeo royalty," said Fayette. Children will also be able to participate in a trackless train ride, pony rides and a petting zoo, said Marsh.
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