Taylor Deere, Director of Memberships and Programs for the Sikeston Regional Chamber and Area Economic Development Corp., provides an overview of the past year at the monthly Chamber Members’ Luncheon Thursday, Jan. 19, 2023, at the Clinton Building in Sikeston. (Leonna Heuring / Standard Democrat)
The format for announcing the lineup for the next Sikeston Jaycee Bootheel Rodeo will be slightly different this year.
Although the announcement is still being made in partnership with the Sikeston Area Chamber and being made in March, it will take place in the evening and will also allow members of the public to attend.
Taylor Deere, Director of Memberships and Programs for the House, highlighted the change during a presentation at the House Members’ Luncheon on Thursday, Jan. 19 at the Clinton Building in Sikeston.
“This is my most exciting announcement,” Deere said Thursday. “I love how the Jaycees are always willing to try new things.”
For many years, the Jaycees announced the lineup for the next rodeo at the House Members’ Luncheon in March.
“One of our busiest lunches is probably partnering with them for their rodeo entertainment ad,” Deere said. “They are going to move this to an evening event. So this will replace our March lunch. It will always be in partnership with the Chamber.
Scheduled for Friday, March 24, doors will open for Chamber members only at 4:30 p.m. with an exclusive special social hour. Dinner and a program will begin at 6:30 p.m. followed by live music.
“Hopefully this is an exciting new way to kick off the rodeo season,” Deere said. “You’ll get your entertainment announcement, and it’ll be followed by live music, and I think it’s going to be a really fun event. It’ll open to the public after House mixer time.
This year’s rodeo will take place August 9-12.
Other small changes made by the Chamber in 2023, according to Deere, include: the return of mixers after normal working hours during the lunch break months, which would be February, April, June, August, October and December; and adding a blog.
“Watch for posts covering events, chamber lunches/ribbon cuttings, member spotlights, corporate sponsor features and more,” Deere said.
Deere also noted that 2022 was amazing for the Chamber.
In other Chamber luncheon news, Marcie Lawson, President and CEO of Chamber and Regional Economic Development, Corp., delivered the economic development update. She noted that construction at Carlisle Construction is continuing. It has over 490,000 square feet of space under one roof.
“They’ve invested over $100 million in capital assets in this building and therefore in Sikeston,” Lawson said. “It’s exciting for our community.”
Lawson noted that the new construction company is bringing more than 100 new jobs to Sikeston, and they are more than halfway through the hiring process. She said Carlisle aims to be in full production by April.
Lawson also updated the crowd on the strategic planning process for economic development while Katie Merideth, House Administrator and SOAR Director, provided an update on the SOAR program for students at Sikeston High School. SOAR is short for Students Observing Area Resources.
Kathy Medley, Executive Vice President of the Chamber and Director of the Sikeston Convention and Visitors Bureau, updated the crowd on upcoming events and plans.
Sikeston’s first-ever Hot Air Balloon Festival will take place June 16-18 on the grounds of the Sikeston Jaycee Bootheel Rodeo. Currently, 57 providers are registered. Seller fee is $35 per space for Friday and Saturday. Sponsorships are also available.
Work is underway on the Sikeston Veterans Park Honors Banner and Lighting Project, which is a cooperative effort with Sikeston CVB, the Veterans Park Committee and Sikeston Parks and Recreation. Medley said 16 vintage streetlights will be installed on the east and west sidewalks bordering Veterans Park and banners honoring local veterans will be displayed on each pole. A QR code will also be displayed on each pole where users will be directed to the CBC website and can read this veteran’s story.
The Tourism Advisory Council will present the Sikeston Tourism and Hospitality Award to this year’s winner during a midday lunch on March 2 at Lambert’s Cafe. The guest speaker is Stephen Foutes, director of the Missouri Division of Tourism. The award will recognize a business, organization or individual that has made a significant contribution to the tourism and hospitality industry.
Past winners have included Lambert’s Cafe, Sikeston Parks and Recreation and Sikeston Jaycees.