Sikeston in Bloom set for Saturday

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

SIKESTON -- With temperatures expected to be in the 80s along with sunny skies, visitors to Sikeston on Saturday should see the city in full bloom.

Set for Saturday in Downtown Sikeston, the annual Sikeston in Bloom event begins with the opening of the farmers' market at 7 a.m.

"It's a kickoff for the farmers' market," said Lynn Lancaster, director of Historic Downtown Sikeston, about the event. "The farmers' market has also become a great social place."

The city of Sikeston charges a $2 peddler's fee for vendors to participate at the market.

Lancaster said it's still early for the growing season, but he anticipated cold-season crops will be available.

"Everything sold must be grown in Missouri, cooked in Missouri and made in Missouri," Lancaster said.

Saturdays will also provide a time for attendees to take part in impromptu car shows, Lancaster added.

"We encourage people on Saturday mornings in conjunction with the farmers market to bring their cool-looking vehicles down, park and sit there for others to see, too," Lancaster said.

Pony rides, carriage rides, food, craft vendors and a live plant sale are also part of the day's festivities. The first Sprockets in Spring bike ride starts at 8 a.m., and Sikeston Public Library story time begins at 11 a.m.

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