69th Sikeston Jaycee Bootheel Rodeo kicks off
Watch bareback riding, steer wrestling and more!
SIKESTON, Mo. (KBSI) – The 69th Sikeston Jaycee Bootheel Rodeo takes place Aug. 11-14 at 7 p.m.
The annual four day event features bareback riding, barrel racing, bullfighting, bull riding, saddle bronc riding, steer wrestling, team roping and tie-down roping.
“I’m a rodeo bullfighter so basically we’re the rodeo clowns of the rodeo, but our job is real serious,” said Cody Webster of Wayne, Okla. “We’ve got to step in there each night, myself and Chuck Swisher as a two man bullfighting team that will be here to protect the cowboys the entire rodeo. So, we’re looking at anywhere from 15 to 20 bulls a night, be the top guys in the industry, the best bull riders in the world going against some of the best stock. You put those two mixtures together and sometimes we can have some pretty bad wrecks. Especially being here in Sikeston, the money is really high and the guys are going out for a lot of payouts so they’re going to hang on a little bit longer, try a little bit extra harder and that’s where we get a job.”
Since 1934, the Sikeston Junior Chamber of Commerce (Sikeston Jaycees) average $130,000 a year in donations to local charities, nonprofits and other community projects.
“It truly is just a great rodeo,” said Molly Below, Miss Teen Rodeo Missouri 2021. “The Jaycees are a great group of guys that do so much for the community. It is just truly one of a kind.” She says her favorite part of the rodeo to watch is the barrel racing. “My mom actually ran in the slack this morning (Wednesday, Aug. 11) and my sister is running in the Friday night performance so I’m very excited to watch them.”
“I love how we all come together as a family,” said Kinleigh Chappell, 2021 Junior Miss Sikeston Jaycee Rodeo Queen, “I feel like other sports, they come together as a family, but not as much as rodeo.”
“The Jaycees, they really come together and they put together such a great rodeo,” said Aubrey Sullivan, 2021 Miss Sikeston Bootheel Rodeo Queen. “It’s just an action-packed week of the best sport on dirt. The fans are incredible. The concerts are incredible. It’s perfect all around.”
“It’s for a great cause. Two things the Jacyees is big about are building new leaders for our community and raising as much money as we can for our community. We have a vast amount of non-profits in our area that we give a lot of money back to over the past 69 years of this event.”
The Jaycees give money raised at the rodeo to local nonprofit organizations such as Kenny Rogers Center, YMCA, Missouri Delta Hospital, Boy Scouts of America. Over the past 10 years, the Jaycees have given around $1.5 million.
Special musical entertainment follows the rodeo activities each night.
Wednesday, Aug. 11
Singer/songwriter Hardy kicked off the entertainment on Wednesday night. His hit singles include “Rednecker” and “One Beer”.
Thursday, Aug. 12
Arkansas native Matt Stell will perform Thursday after the rodeo. “Prayed for You” is one of his hits.
Thursday night will also feature bullfighting, one of the Rodeo’s most popular events. Thursday night bleacher tickets are on sale now for $25. Box seats are $35 and are available through the Rodeo Box Office.
Friday, Aug. 13
Dustin Lynch will take the stage on Friday. The country music singer has received over two billion total streams and delivered consecutive chart toppers with his recent album release, Tullahoma.
Friday night will also feature the final rounds of bullfighting, one of the Rodeo’s most popular events. Friday night bleacher tickets can be purchased for $30. Box seats are $40 and are available through the Rodeo Box Office.
Saturday, Aug 14
T.I. will headline Saturday night. He has 10 hit albums. This three-time Grammy winner has also won 11 Billboard awards, three BET awards, two American Music Awards and more. T.I recently received ASCAP’s inaugural Voice of the Culture award and released his 10th album, Dime Trap. He has collaborated with Drake, Beyonce, Pharrell, Rihanna, Jay- Z, Lil Wayne, Robin Thicke, M.I.A., Lady Gaga, and others.
Saturday night bleacher tickets can be purchased for $30. Box seats are $40 and are available through the Rodeo Box Office.
Saturday night also marks Suicide Awareness Night.
As a volunteer organization, the Jaycees donate hours of their time each year to support and grow the area in a variety of ways.
The rodeo grounds are located at 1220 N. Ingram Road in Sikeston.
Tickets can be purchased online at SikestonRodeo.com, over the phone by calling 800-455-BULL or in person at the Rodeo box office. The rodeo kicks off at 7 p.m. each night.