Guide to kicking up dust at 68th Sikeston Jaycee Bootheel Rodeo

Get your cowboy boots ready! The Sikeston Jaycee Bootheel Rodeo is set to return for the 68th year as planned!

Bucking broncos and professional bull riders will kick up some dust between Wednesday, Aug. 5 and Saturday, Aug. 8.

The annual 4-day event promises a chance to see some of the best cowboys and cowgirls in the country, live music, and more.

The rodeo parade is scheduled for Aug. 1.

The Jaycee Bootheel Board of Directors said they are implementing safety and sanitation precautions amid the ongoing battle with the coronavirus.

"Our intent is to conduct the traditional events we have put on for the past 68 years and allow supporters and fans to participate at the level they feel comfortable," the board of directors said in a statement.

Here's a closer look at who will take the stage this year:

Wednesday: Nelly

The Sikeston Jaycee Bootheel Rodeo chutes into action on Wednesday, Aug. 5 with Diamond Selling, Multi-platinum, Grammy award-winning rap superstar Nelly.

Since hitting the scene in 1993 Nelly has won three Grammy Awards and released six top-selling studio albums. He’s had several hits including “Hot in Here” and “Over and Over.” Nelly has collaborated with several country artists including Tim McGraw, and most recently Florida Georgia
Line. The collaboration with FGL received Diamond status and he’s only one of seven rappers to reach this honor.

Community night will return to the Rodeo on Wednesday as a way to celebrate local businesses and community members.

Thursday: Aaron Lewis

Rodeo fans will welcome Aaron Lewis back to the stage for night two of fun.

This is Lewis’ second appearance at the Sikeston Rodeo.

This outlaw country star will perform live after bullfighting.

Friday: Cody Johnson

An ACM New Male Artist of the Year nominee will put on a show for the third night of rodeo.

Former rodeo bull-rider Cody Johnson will bring his energy and electrifying sound to the stage on Friday. He has several top-charting singles, and recently “On My Way To You” was RIAA certified Platinum marking his first Top 10 hit at country radio. He’s been named one of The Tennessean’s “Nashville’s Next Stars,” MusicRow’s “2019 Next Big Thing,” iHeartRadio’s “Artists to Watch in 2019,” and highlighted on Pandora’s “Artist to Watch 2019” playlist.

Even better: Friday night will also feature the final rounds of bullfighting.

Saturday: Joe Nichols

Joe Nichols will wrap up night No. 4 of rodeo.

The multi-platinum recording artist is a veteran country singer with several chart-topping hits. The ‘Brokenheartsville’ and ‘Tequila Makes Her Clothes Fall Off’ singer has been nominated four times for a Grammy award and was named Top new Male Vocalist of the year by the Academy of Country Music in 2003.

On Saturday, the rodeo will raise awareness for domestic violence by wearing purple.

Tickets are on sale now. CLICK HERE to get yours.

Buckle up for four nights of roping, riding and more by some of the most skilled cowboys and cowgirls. Here is a closer look at events you can see this year:

  • Bareback riding
  • Barrel racing
  • Bull riding
  • Saddle Bronc Riding
  • Steer Wrestling
  • Team Roping
  • Tie-Down Roping

Bullfighters Only will return to the rodeo grounds Thursday night, Aug. 6 and Friday night, Aug. 7.

The action will include five rounds of bullfighting.

Competitors must show off freestyle stunts to dodge, duck and weave past charging bulls.

The bullfighter with the most control, style, creativity and willingness to take risks wins.

Special Precautions

The Sikeston Jaycee Board of Directors is moving forward with the traditional rodeo events and implementing additional sanitation measures.

According to the board, this event has a $6 million economic impact on the community, and hosting the event is vital to keeping the city and local non-profits going.

The Jaycees are taking a number of steps to control the spread of the coronavirus including: sanitizing high-touch areas, monitoring staff health, and ensuring that volunteers wear gloves and face coverings when working with visitors.

Social distancing will be implemented across the venue and specifically in high traffic areas like entry, concessions, and merchandise.

The Jaycees are committed to working with County and State entities to make sure we are following a best practices protocol.

CLICK HERE for the latest updates about the Sikeston Rodeo.