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Sikeston Jaycee Bootheel Rodeo welcomes Budweiser Clydesdales

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

SIKESTON, Mo.: The Budweiser Clydesdales will be part of the 2017 Sikeston Jaycee Bootheel Rodeo’s grand entrance on Wednesday, Aug. 9 and Thursday, Aug. 10. The famous horses will then attend the Rodeo Clowns & Royalty Luncheon from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 11 at the Sikeston Bootheel Clubhouse. The Clydesdale hitch will also be part of the Rodeo parade at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 12. The public is invited to visit the Clydesdales between 4–7 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday at the Sikeston Recreation Complex on Campanella Drive near the football fields.

“A lot of people in Southeast Missouri have never seen a Clydesdale in person,” said Blake Wethington, chairman of the 2017 Rodeo, “and what better place to see these magnificent gentle giants than at one of the region’s biggest events of the year. The Budweiser Clydesdales are sure to complement traditional Rodeo festivities by adding something fresh.”

The World-Famous Budweiser hitch is an iconic Missouri symbol. To join the Budweiser hitch, a Clydesdale must meet strict requirements, including standing 18 hands high (or 6 feet tall), be geldings at least 4 years old, have a bay coat, four white stockings, a blaze of white on the face, a black mane and a black tail. The Clydesdales must also weigh between 1,800 to 2,300 pounds.

Since a single Clydesdale hitch horse is so large, between 20-25 quarts of feed, 40-50 pounds of hay and 30 gallons of water are needed per day for each horse.

A Budweiser Dalmatian, the traditional guard dog for the Clydesdales, will also be present at the event.

The Sikeston Jaycee Bootheel Rodeo takes place Aug. 9-12, and tickets can be purchased at SikestonRodeo.com.

About the Sikeston Jaycee Bootheel Rodeo:

The Sikeston Jaycee Bootheel Rodeo is the premier Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA) event in the region, bringing in almost 40,000 people each year. The rodeo is held annually by the Sikeston Junior Chamber of Commerce (Sikeston Jaycees). To learn more, visit SikestonRodeo.com.

About the Sikeston Jaycees:

The Sikeston Junior Chamber of Commerce, or Sikeston Jaycees, was formed in 1934 and has since been dedicated to improving the Sikeston community. Today the club is comprised of more than 100 men who share the same desire and commitment to serve their community. To learn more, visit SikestonRodeo.com.

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