Since 1953, the Sikeston Jaycee Bootheel Rodeo has been an integral part of the area’s history. The first rodeo was held at the Sikeston Stags semi-pro baseball team’s home base of VFW Memorial Park but eventually gained a permanent home at 1220 N. Ingram Road. In recent years, the Sikeston Jaycee Bootheel Rodeo has been a top PRCA event in the region welcoming over 40,000 visitors to the area annually.
Those who make the journey, by car or RV, to Missouri, will be delighted by the line-up of entertainment. From bareback and bull riding through to saddle bronc, bullfights, and children’s face painting; this rodeo event has it all. The nighttime entertainment schedule also allows for spectators to take a break from the intense Missouri summer sun while seeing all the area has to offer before the event begins.
You can go fishing at Complex Lake, view the wildlife at Mingo National Wildlife Refuge, and take part in bird watching at Donaldson Point Conservation Area. There are also plenty of opportunities for hiking at Lake Tywappity, primitive camping at Duck Creek Conservation Area, and boating at Thirty Four Corner Blue Hole Lake.
Within a half day's driving distance of Sikeston, there are plenty of natural attractions and things to do in the area. Look for the best place for RV camping, purchase your rodeo tickets, and get ready for a summer trip to Sikeston, Missouri.
You can purchase tickets for the Sikeston Jaycee Bootheel Rodeo on the organizer’s website before you start your RV trip to Missouri. Traditionally, ticket prices have varied for each night of the four in total from between $25 and $130. The admission pricing can be cheaper or more expensive, depending on the area in which you prefer to sit. You can also choose from bleacher and box seats, and children who are under three and sit on your lap are generally free. Tickets for In the Dirt Bands usually cost extra but provide you access into the pits for an up-close-and-personal experience.
Sikeston, Missouri, is accessible from several smaller U.S. Routes, Interstate 55, and Interstate 57. The city is near the halfway point of Memphis and St. Louis and is a mere three-hour drive from Nashville, Tennessee. Long, straight, and two-laned roads will prove easy to navigate in the heat of summer, but make sure you carry extra water on board for both your RV and your thirsty travelers in case of delays.
If you need to stay up to date with traffic information to make sure you arrive on time, then an app such as MoDOT could be of assistance. Upon entering Sikeston, Missouri, you can find the rodeo at 1220 N. Ingram Rd, on the outskirts of the city.
Parking lots for the Sikeston Jaycee Bootheel Rodeo are unpaved fields, with parking attendants to guide you to the best place to park. These spots fill up fast, and can also be quite muddy if it rains. RV travelers with larger setups may choose to park their RV at their accommodation and bring their pilot vehicle or make use of public transportation.
Given the conservative size of Sikeston, public transportation options may be limited. However, if you would prefer not to bring your RV to a potentially muddy lot, then you are not stranded. You can organize for either a rideshare provider or taxi to bring you to the rodeo site. Bus routes also run near the area, but may not drop off directly at the venue.
Even though the Sikeston Jaycee Bootheel Rodeo brings tens of thousands of visitors to Sikeston annually, there is no onsite camping available. Visitors will need to travel to and from the rodeo site daily. However, a bit of research before you hit the road can ensure you secure an RV campground near Sikeston Jaycee Bootheel Rodeo.
There are plenty of campgrounds in the vicinity of Sikeston which are accessible with a large RV. Established RV campgrounds near the rodeo will sell out fast, but primitive RV camping at conservation areas and parks within a 50-mile radius of Sikeston are not all that difficult to find. If you prefer sewer, water, and electricity hookups, make sure you book your preferred RV resort months in advance.
Upon arriving at the Sikeston Jaycee Bootheel Rodeo and parking your RV, you’ll find it’s only a short walk into the venue where all the rodeo entertainment is about to begin. Bleacher seating and box seating encompass the arena, with a dirt area in the middle where both concerts and rodeo activities take place.
Everything you need, including first aid, food, and restrooms, are within short proximity of both the entertainment and seating areas. There will be no need for scooters, golf carts, or even bicycles. Save these for recreational areas in Sikeston.
Even though temperatures can be hot in Sikeston, Missouri during August, there is always a chance of rain. Feel confident to pack shorts, t-shirts, and light attire, but don’t forget your best weatherproof cowboy boots and rain gear. Comfortable footwear will also be necessary if you intend on checking out all the natural offerings in the area.
Due to the style of the facility and restricted space in the bleachers, rodeo officials encourage a “less is more” approach to rodeo entry. You won’t need a backpack, cooler, or outside food and beverages. You can, however, bring an umbrella in case of rain, and a credit or debit card to make purchases on site. Once you are in the venue, re-entry is not allowed, so make sure you have everything you need for around three to four hours of rodeo entertainment.
The Sikeston Jaycee Bootheel Rodeo is a nighttime event, which means the heat of the day has long dissipated. You won’t need many sun safety products, but it’s worth carrying these in your motorhome for use during your stay. You will also need toiletries, medical supplies and prescriptions, and both bug spray and drinking water while you’re checking out Sikeston.
RV cooking and camping rules in Sikeston can differ from one establishment to the next. Fire bans may be in place for summer, so always check before you light. If you’re not sure, you can still make use of your onboard RV kitchen appliances. Some conservation areas and RV resorts may also provide safe communal cooking areas for travelers.
If you need to do a quick grocery run, there’s a general store and food market within two miles of the rodeo. You’ll never have any problems finding the best marshmallows for s’mores in Sikeston!
Don’t let the conservative size of Sikeston, Missouri fool you. A quick drive through the main center of the city will put you in proximity to many established eateries that become hives of activities. Get your fill of southern American fare, steak, sports bar food, and even fast food and ice cream. Set up camp and try something new on your road trip to Missouri.
Because guests are not allowed to bring in outside food and beverages, Sikeston Jaycee Bootheel Rodeo officials ensure there is plenty of vendor offerings to satisfy your hunger. There is a beer stand near the main chutes, novelty stands by the calf roping area and east gate, and concessions at regular intervals around the bleachers and box seating areas. Vendors accept both credit cards and cash for convenience.
Rodeo officials pride themselves on offering a safe, family-friendly rodeo experience. They do this by putting stringent security measures in place. They don’t allow coolers or backpacks, weapons or noisemakers, or anything that could likely affect other patrons’ viewing experience. There is also no re-entry once you leave, and ID checks are necessary for alcohol purchases.
The Sikeston Jaycee Bootheel Rodeo kicks off as night falls, which means the heat of the sun is unlikely to be a problem. During the day, average highs are in the high 80s to low 90s, and average lows sit around the 70-degree mark. Nighttime temperatures generally don’t drop below 60. In the event of rain, which does happen (even in the summer), spectators are welcome to use an umbrella. In the event of a storm warning, the rodeo may be postponed until the warning lifts.
For scrapes, cuts, bruises, and other minor injuries, there is a first aid tent by the restrooms and calf roping area. Trained professionals will be able to advise on the best course of action, and whether you may require further treatment at the nearest medical center within two miles of the rodeo. In an emergency, do not delay. Wave down an official and dial 9-11. Pharmacy services are available in Sikeston, about a 10-minute drive from the rodeo.