Downtown Sikeston gears up for Eighth Annual St. Patrick’s Day Festival

Friday, March 8, 2019
Historic Downtown Sikeston members discuss plans for the upcoming St. Patrick’s Day Festival, which will be held rain or shine from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 16 at American Legion Park in Historic Downtown Sikeston. Pictured are, from left: Charlette Vanover, Brandy Manning, Kathy Medley, Lynn Lancaster, Dustin Care and Shelby Johnson.
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SIKESTON — Spring is in the air — and so is some fun — as the annual St. Patrick’s Day Festival returns March 16 in Historic Downtown Sikeston.

The event, which marks its eighth year, will be from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. in American Legion Park on Front Street and will be held rain or shine.

“This is our first, big event of spring where people who’ve been cooped up all winter can get outdoors and enjoy some fresh air, good food and beverages and have fun,” said Kathy Medley with Historic Downtown Sikeston.

Sponsored by Grant Financial Management, Eagles Club and Sikeston Jaycees, the festival will include beer sampling, live music by the band Used and Reused, a home brew competition, food, crafts and more.

Homebrewing continues to be a popular hobby, Medley noted, adding awards will be given to top brews.

“We will have plenty of beer to sample,” she said.

Attendees will have the chance to sample homemade beer from brewmasters throughout the state. Medley said those who plan to participate in the beer sampling are strongly encouraged to have a designated driver in place.

Tickets are $15 per person for those who are 21 and older who plan to sample beer. Price includes a souvenir mug and beer samplings from participating vendors. Net proceeds benefit the Historic Downtown Sikeston revitalization projects.

This event is the second biggest fundraiser for Downtown Sikeston, Medley said, adding the fall wine festival is its biggest fundraiser.

“It’s a great event if somebody is wanting to sample different craft beers, but even if you don’t drink beer, it’s a fun time,” she said.

Saturday’s event is pet-friendly and family-friendly, Medley assured.

Several food vendors will be on hand, organizers said. There will be barbecue, Cajun dishes, homemade pork rinds, fried fish and much more, they said.

“We’re hoping for good weather,” Medley said.

However, it’s a fun and festive atmosphere — even in the rainy years, she said.

To add to the spirit of the celebration, attendees are encouraged to dress in St. Patrick’s Day-themed attire, Medley said, adding there’s an individual who who comes dressed as a leprechaun every year.

Organizers said the event offers something for everyone.

Registration for the cornhole tournament will be from 10 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., and the tournament will start at 11 a.m. The registration fee before March 16 is $40 per team and the registration fee the day of the event is $50 per team. Players must be 21 or older.

Visitors to Historic Downtown Sikeston on March 16 can also shop downtown stores and enter to win $100. They just need to look for the green balloons at participating stores.

The Sikeston Depot Museum and Cultural Center in Historic Downtown Sikeston will also have its quilt show on March 16, Medley noted. The Depot will host the National Quilt Show, and demonstrations will be from 10 a.m. to noon and from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the Sikeston Depot Museum and Cultural Center. Quilts will be on display and those who attend can learn new techniques presented by members of The Bootheel Quilters Guild.

Some of the techniques being demonstrated will be how to hand-tie quilts, piece-quilt blocks and hand-quilt. The ladies will be on hand to answer quilting questions, according to the Depot.

New Historic Downtown Sikeston member and merchant Shelby Johnson said her business, Flame Boutique, officially opens March 18, but she will attend the festival. She said she’s looking forward to the experience and being part of downtown Sikeston.

Charlette Vanover with Historic Downtown Sikeston said the celebration is always a good time.

“Fun is promised to be had by all,” she said.

For more information, contact Historic Downtown Sikeston at (573) 380-3801.

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