Callie On The Job: Sikeston Jaycee Bootheel Rodeo - WSIL-TV 3 Southern Illinois

Callie On The Job: Sikeston Jaycee Bootheel Rodeo

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SIKESTON, MO --   The Sikeston Junior Chamber of Commerce, also known as the "Sikeston Jaycees," is a club made up of more than 100 men in the community. They put on a big event every year. Callie helps them prepare in this week's Callie on the Job.

The Sikeston Rodeo, now in its 65th year, is a giant fundraiser for the Jaycees.

Sikeston Jaycee, Justin Wibbenmeyer says,"It's a tradition down here. A lot of us that are here in the Jaycees our parents, our dads were Jaycees, our grandpas were Jaycees and we're bred into it and we just like to see it keep going."

He says all the money raised at the event goes to local charities. 

"A lot of people think we put this money in our bank account and it's busting at the seams, but it's not. We're broke every year. We're broke as a joke. Every t shirt you buy, the ticket you buy, the corn dogs, all that money after we pay our bills goes back to the community," Wibbenmeyer said. 

This year's goal is $200,000.

"It's pretty cheap to see a big CMA star and a rodeo for what you can come here and watch it for," Wibbenmeyer said.

The rodeo is four nights of hundreds of cowboys and cowgirls competing in events. Bull riding is the only event that isn't actually used on a ranch.

"They have to rope the calves and the steers just to doctor them, brand them and sort them, stuff like that. Just like riding broncs, they have to do that to break them so they can use the horse out there," said Wibbenmeyer.

He says all the animals used at the rodeo are brought in by a stock contractor.

"These animals here, they're better off than we are. I mean, they get to walk around in belly deep grass all year and if they're sore they don't do anything. They go to the vet just like we go to the doctor. They get checked on. This is their livelihood, so if one sick he has to stay home and get healthy," Wibbenmeyer said. 

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