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The Three Rivers Championship College Rodeo, presented by Farm Credit Southeast Missouri, will be held Oct. 5-7. The event, co-hosted by the Sikeston Jaycees, will be held at the Art Saunders Arena at the Sikeston Jaycee Bootheel Rodeo grounds.  

The rodeo will begin at 6 p.m. Oct. 5 and 6, and 3 p.m. Oct. 7. 

Fans can enjoy free admission on Thursday for the first time this year and enjoy the Slack competition, starting at 6 p.m. The Three Rivers Rodeo will have another Slack competition at 9 a.m. Friday before the traditional rodeo returns at 6 p.m. Friday. 

Friday and Saturday tickets will be $10 for adults, $5 for children ages 4-12, and free for ages 3 and younger. Three Rivers students and employees will be admitted for $5 by showing their TRC ID. Gates will open one hour before the start time. 

Once again, there will be a Calf Scramble sponsored by Montgomery Bank for kids on Friday and Saturday, plus a photo booth. Friday’s performance, sponsored by Central Methodist University, will include an activity for FFA students. Saturday’s performance, sponsored by Sterling Pharmacy and Sikeston Convalescent Center, will feature Jaycees’ Steer Wrestling and Stick Horse Races for kids starting at 2 p.m. 

Everyone can bring their own cooler for a $20 fee, and concessions will also be available each evening. Fans are encouraged to bring their own folding chair with the Sikeston Jaycee Bootheel Rodeo grounds undergoing renovations. 

The event is National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association-sanctioned and will feature top competitors from 15 college rodeo teams in the Association’s Ozark Region. Participating colleges include Central Methodist University, East Mississippi Community College, Erskine College, Michigan State University, Mississippi State University, Missouri Valley College, Murray State University, Northwest Mississippi Community College, Pearl River Community College, Southern Arkansas University, University of Arkansas-Monticello, University of Kentucky, University of West Alabama, and the University of Tennessee at Martin, as well as Three Rivers College. The teams will be competing for top honors at the rodeo, regional ranking, and points to qualify for the College National Finals Rodeo in June 2024. 

“We are thrilled to bring college rodeo to Sikeston again this year,” Three Rivers rodeo coach Chad Phipps said. “Sikeston has a lot of rodeo fans, and we are excited to work with the Jaycees to host yet another fun and exciting rodeo event in the area. This rodeo will allow our students to show off their skills at home while bringing in other competitors from around the country.” 

The rodeo will include bull riding, bareback bronc riding, barrel racing, saddle bronc riding, steer wrestling, goat tying, and various roping competitions.  

“The rodeo will pull in around 300 competitors in addition to their coaches, families, and spectators of the sport,” Phipps said. 

Three Rivers Championship College Rodeo tickets can be purchased online at

For more information on the Three Rivers Championship College Rodeo and on sponsorship opportunities, contact Chad Phipps at 573-840-9698 or  

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