Local News: Rodeo entertainment lineup to be announced during a Friday night event in March (1/23/23)

Taylor Deere, member and program manager for the Sikeston Regional Chamber and Area Economic Development Corp., gave a review of the past year at the Chamber’s member luncheon on Friday, Jan. 19, 2023, at the Clinton Building in Sikeston. (Leonna Heuring/Standard Democrat)

The entertainment lineup for the upcoming Sikeston Jaycee Bootheel Rodeo will be a little different this year.

While the campaign is in partnership with the Sikeston Region Chamber and takes place in March, it will take place in the evening and members of the public can attend.

Taylor Deere, who is the member and program director for the Chamber, revealed the change while presenting at the Chamber’s member luncheon on Friday, January 19 at the Clinton House in Sikeston.

“This is my most exciting announcement,” Deere said Friday. “I love how Jaycee is always willing to try new things.”

For many years, the Jaycees have announced a celebratory announcement for the upcoming rodeo during the Chamber’s luncheon in March.

“Probably one of our best luncheons is teaming up with them for their rodeo promotion,” Deere said. “They’re going to move that to an evening event. So it’s going to replace our March luncheon. It’s going to be in conjunction with the Chamber.”

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Scheduled for Friday, March 24, doors will open for Chamber members at 4:30 pm with a special private hour. Dinner and program begin at 6:30 pm with live music.

“Hopefully, this is a great way to start the rodeo season,” Deere said. “You’re going to have your entertainment, followed by live music, and I think it’s going to be a really fun event. It will be open to the public after Chamber meeting hours.

This year’s rodeo is August 9-12.

Other small changes that the Chamber is making in 2023, according to Deere, are: the return of the participants after hours in the months of lunch, namely February, April, June, August, October and December; and adding a blog.

“Watch for posts covering events, office lunches/ribbon cuttings, branch spotlights, Corporate Sponsor features and more,” Deere said.

Deere also noted that 2022 will be an amazing year for the Chamber.

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In other luncheon news, Marcie Lawson, president/CEO of the Chamber and Area Economic Development, Corp., reported on economic development. He saw that construction was still going on at Carlisle Construction. There is over 490,000 square feet of space under one roof.

“They put over $100 million into this building and therefore into Sikeston,” Lawson said. “It’s exciting for our community.”

Lawson noted that the new construction company will bring over 100 new jobs to Sikeston, and they are already halfway through the hiring process. He said Carlisle aims to be fully operational by April.

Lawson also briefed the audience on the strategic planning process for economic development while Katie Merideth, Chamber Director and SOAR director, provided an update on the SOAR program for students. Sikeston High School. SOAR stands for Students Observing Area Resources.

Kathy Medley, executive president for the Chamber and director of the Sikeston Convention and Visitors Bureau, informed the public of upcoming events and programs.

The Sikeston Hot Air Balloon Festival is set for June 16-18 at the Sikeston Jaycee Bootheel Rodeo grounds. So far, 57 customers have registered. The customer fee is $35 per spot for Friday and Saturday. Support is available.

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Work is underway on the Veterans Park Sikeston Honors Banner and Light Project, a joint effort with the Sikeston CVB, Veterans Park Committee and Sikeston Parks and Recreation. Medley said 16 light poles will be installed on the east and west sides of Veterans Park and flags honoring local veterans will be displayed on each pole. A QR code will also be displayed on each post where users will be directed to the SRC website and can read the veteran’s story.

The Tourism Board will present this year’s Sikeston Tourism and Hospitality Award winner at a luncheon on March 2 at Lambert’s Cafe. Stephen Fouts, director of the Missouri Division of Tourism. The award will recognize a business, organization or individual who has made a significant contribution to the tourism and hospitality industry.

Past winners include Lambert’s Cafe, Sikeston Parks and Recreation and Sikeston Jaycees.

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