The City of Cape Girardeau Independence Day celebration has been canceled. Tune in to our River Radio stations for our Patriotic Soundtrack at 9p on Saturday night for the perfect accompaniment to your own celebration. Have a safe 4th!
Event Cancelations and Postponements
SIKESTON, Mo.: With much anticipation the Sikeston Jaycee Bootheel Rodeo Board of Directors are excited to announce the entertainment to follow Friday night’s Rodeo events. ACM New Male Artist of the Year nominee Cody Johnson will take the stage Friday, Aug. 7, 2020.
“A former rodeo bull-rider himself, Cody’s authentic brand of country music makes him a good fit for our Rodeo,” said Travis Deere, 2020 Rodeo chairman. “The energy he brings to the stage is explosive and electrifying. Fans won’t want to miss the opportunity to see him in concert.”
Johnson has established a loyal fan base and has accrued over one billion career streams. He has several top-charting singles, and recently “On My Way To You” was RIAA certified Platinum marking his first Top 10 hit at country radio. He’s been named one of The Tennessean’s “Nashville’s Next Stars,” MusicRow’s “2019 Next Big Thing,” iHeartRadio’s “Artists to Watch in 2019,” and highlighted on Pandora’s “Artist to Watch 2019” playlist.
Friday night tickets are on sale now for $30 and can be purchased online at SikestonRodeo.com, over the phone by calling 800-455-BULL or in person at the Rodeo box office.
From the Perryville Mayfest Facebook page:
The Chamber of Commerce has made the very difficult decision to cancel this year’s Mayfest. The Chamber appreciates all of the sponsors and volunteers who were willing and ready to support this year’s event and we hope to continue to have your support in the future.
The Chamber worked tirelessly to create a safe environment for vendors and participants. A detailed plan of safety precautions was provided to the health department and the city well in advance of the event and were in accordance with Phase One of the Missouri Plan for Recovery. These plans were approved by the city on June 16.
We believe in every citizen’s right to make a decision for themselves and their family. We were ready and willing to provide a safe event for the members of this community. We are sorry that circumstances prevent us from having this event for those that were looking forward to attending.
We encourage everyone to continue to support local businesses who rely on these community events for income that is so vital for their existence. Many businesses have been gravely affected by this virus and it is essential that we support them at this time. We cannot sit back and watch the great businesses in this community fail. It is vital we support our local economy at this time.
We hope to see everyone at next year’s Mayfest!
Poplar Bluff, MO – Hydro Adventures will remain closed for the remainder of the 2020 season due to the devastating impact of the coronavirus epidemic. In light of the shortened operating season and social distancing guidelines created in response to the coronavirus, opening the park for any portion of the 2020 season is not a financially viable option.
“We are deeply disappointed to have to make this difficult decision,” said Edgar Novoa, Hydro Adventures’ General Manager. “We love being a place for families to gather and make memories.”
This decision came after careful consideration by park management and after review of local and state public health guidelines. Hydro Adventures will be issuing refunds for all season passes and tickets previously purchased for the 2020 season.
Hydro Adventures is undertaking a strategic review to determine the future of the park. The options under consideration include the sale, redevelopment and repurposing of the park.
About Hydro Adventures
Hydro Adventures is Southeast Missouri’s Premier Waterpark and Family Entertainment Center. Featuring endless fun for the entire family, the waterpark includes waterslides and pools for all ages as well as a variety of dry and indoor attractions sure to please the whole family. For more information visit the Hydro Adventure website www.hydroadventures.com.
It is with a heavy heart that we must announce that Homecomers has been cancelled for this year. With the Corona 19 virus restrictions we have had and the uncertainty we are still facing for the last week of July, we feel that the best option we have is to cancel the event.
We were hoping that Phase 1 of the recovery would end on May 31 st. When it was extended to June 15th we were afraid that Phase 2 would retain many of the same requirements as Phase 1 and that Phase 3 would still make events such as Homecomers impossible to manage safely.
Now that Phase 2 will begin on June 16 th it would seem that it would be permissible to have the event, however governor Parsons said “It is still extremely important for everyone to continue social distancing. Be Proactive. Avoid large congested crowds, and if you can’t social distance, take extra precautions to protect yourself and those around you.”
We do not yet know what the County Health department will allow, but would expect that food vendors would be required to wear masks and gloves, and sanitize the area after serving each customer. Social distancing would still be required, including in the lines that their customers would be waiting in. This would be asking a lot of them and their employees. The distancing requirements would be almost impossible to enforce. We don’t have the space to spread out enough to allow it.
The carnival faces its own unique problems. What would be the restrictions on number of riders, sanitizing the rides, social distancing while in line? Lines at the ticket booth would be another issue. Being on the city streets presents its own problems. We do not have the space to spread the vendors and rides out to allow for better distancing. We are restricted by buildings and streets. We do not charge admission for the event and there are nine streets that lead into the event. It is impossible to police every entrance to control the number of attendees.
In short, it would be almost irresponsible to continue with the event under these circumstances. We are very sorry that we have to make this decision, but feel that it is in everyone’s best interests.
Larry Koehler – Homecomers Chairman Howard Suedmeyer – Post Commander
On May 20, 2020, representatives from Notre Dame Regional High School Bingo, Optimist Bingo and the Clark Street Project met to discuss the re-opening of Bingo World. During the meeting, we discussed what measures we could put into place to protect our players and volunteers based upon the recommendations issued by Governor Mike Parsons. The Show Me Strong Recovery Plan outlined by Governor Parsons can be found online at showmestrong.mo.gov. We feel that under the current guidelines and best practices for re-opening a business that we would be unable to protect players and volunteers appropriately. With this in mind, we have decided to continue the suspension of our regularly scheduled bingos.
We will reevaluate this decision on a month by month basis with a set return date of no later than September 2, 2020. If we decide to reopen prior to September 2, 2020, we will give a two week notice on our Facebook page (@CapeBingoWorld) and website (www.capebingo.com). During this time, we will continue to identify ways to improve the player experience and to develop basic infection prevention measures informed by industry best practices.
Once we resume our regularly scheduled Bingos, Progressives will resume at the same ball count and amount at which they were when we suspended play. Any gift certificates’ expiration dates will be extended the length of time of suspended play.
The safety of our volunteers and the communities we serve is of the utmost importance and we are grateful for your understanding during these uncertain times.
Well, CoVID stinks. Though things in our area are slowly but surely opening, there is still so much progress to be made in order to operate larger volume events like an expo..ie Tween 2020. How do we socially distance while still participating in a hands on STEM booth demo? Yeah…we dunno either. So the board got together one more time and it is with a VERY heavy still surgically masked heart that we have decided to cancel the 2020 event and focus our efforts on a true reopening event in March 2021. The event will be at the Osage Center on March 27, 2021 and we look forward to all of our amazing past participants and exhibitors returning. Please stay tuned for more details.
The BeTween Initiative Team
The Cape Girardeau Joint Veterans Council has decided to cancel the annual Memorial Day Service at the Osage Center, which would have been held on May 25. They felt it was not a good idea to assemble the 3-400 attendees for the event in light of the current situation with the COVID-19 Virus. They thank you for your continued support of veterans issues and ask you to remember those who served and sacrificed themselves for our freedom.
The Jackson Memorial Day event has been canceled as well. The veterans from the Jackson American Legion post 158 will still be out on Friday and Saturday, placing the flags on the veterans’ graves in the City Cemetery and in Russell Heights Cemetery in Jackson. All told, they’ll be putting out over 1100 flags. The American Legion post 158 said that any smaller, rural area churches or cemeteries wanting flags for those graves can contact the American Legion in Jackson to get some.
Every year, thousands of law enforcement officers raise awareness and funds for Special Olympics Missouri through the annual Law Enforcement Torch Run (LETR). Due to COVID-19, Special Olympics Missouri (SOMO) had to cancel the in-person portion for the State Summer Games and the Torch Run.
In honor of the 35th year of the Torch Run, everyone (law enforcement officers, coaches, families, SOMO athletes, sponsors, etc.) can run/walk/roll 3.5 miles in your neighborhood to participate. Pay $10 to participate; pay/fundraise a total of $35 and you get a shirt.
The official run will take place at 10 a.m., on Saturday, June 6. If you can’t participate on that day, you can take part any other day that week. Regardless of when you run, walk, or roll that week, take pictures and post them to social media with the hashtag #SOMOVirtualTorchRun.
For more information about the #SOMOVirtualTorchRun, please contact Crystal Schuster at 573.635.1660 or email email@example.com. Please also visit www.somo.rallyup.com/virtualtorchrun2020.
About Special Olympics Missouri
Special Olympics Missouri is a year-round program of sports training and athletic competition for children and adults with intellectual disabilities. More than 16,900 athletes participate in 16 Olympic-type sports throughout the state. Special Olympics provides people with intellectual disabilities continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, and experience joy as they participate in the sharing of gifts and friendship with their fellow athletes, their family and friends, and communities across Missouri.
Special Olympics Missouri is proud of our financial health returning 85 percent of every dollar back to program services. We are privileged to be recognized with these honors: Better Business Bureau Accredited Charity, Charity Navigator 4-star rating and an inductee into the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame – Class of 2013.
Thank you for trusting us with your donations, volunteer time and your goodwill.
CAPE GIRARDEAU, Missouri, May 13, 2020 – The 2020 Hemmings Motor News Great Race presented by Hagerty Drivers Club has been rescheduled for Aug. 22-30 from San Antonio, Texas, to Greenville, S.C., due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The new date for their overnight stop in Cape Girardeau, is Tuesday, August 25, 2020. The Great Race, out of an abundance of caution for the participants, spectators, and the small towns along the route, has worked with mayors and city officials to take unprecedented steps to ensure safety.
“I’m pleased to announce that all of our Grand Champions, as well as a majority of the race teams, volunteers and staff, have agreed to the new schedule and we look forward to having a full field for the start of the 2020 Great Race in front of the Alamo on Aug. 22,” event director Jeff Stumb said.
The Great Race will follow all CDC, state, and local guidelines and officials have been working closely with cities to have spectators line the streets on the way into the venue to ensure social distancing rather than in large groups. “As the entire United States is opening up again, we will continue to monitor the situation for any changes we may be able to make in either direction,” Stumb said. The event and sponsors have established July 1 as the official “go” date as long as conditions are favorable.
Visit Cape, Old Town Cape and the City of Cape Girardeau, in conjunction with the River City Rodders, Capaha Antique Car Club, BOLD, and several other community organizations are coordinating the local event and will be monitoring any changes that may occur between now and August.
The Great Race has committed to finding ways to enhance the racer’s experience in the coming months and during the event with additional social media posts and videos. And as a salute to all of the brave men and women who have been on the frontline combating COVID-19, the Great Race will have decals on each vehicle in the event to honor their heroism.
“We admire our sponsors Hemmings, Hagerty, Coker Tire, and Reliable Carriers for their commitment to getting everyone back in their cars as safe as possible,” said Legendary Companies CEO Wade Kawasaki. “After all, there is no place safer than your own car, and that’s where Great Racers are 90 percent of the time during this great backroad adventure.”
The Great Race, owned by Legendary Companies, was originally scheduled for June 20-28, with an original overnight stop in Cape Girardeau on Tuesday, June 23, 2020. The annual event, which pits vintage cars in a cross-country endurance competition of the time, speed, and distance, was started in 1983 and regularly sees vehicles as old as 1909. The total purse for the event is $158,750 with $50,000 going to the winning team.
We look forward to welcoming the participants safely to Cape Girardeau on August 25, 2020.
For more information, contact Alyssa Phares at firstname.lastname@example.org or 573-270-6435.