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The annual Tour de Corn is a fun bicycle ride for all ages and all levels. The ride features frequent, well-stocked rest stops; fresh-cooked sweet corn; live entertainment; rolling support and gear; and great hospitality.
Tour de Corn 2013 welcomed 1,034 riders from 23 states and was named 2013′s Missouri Bicycle Event of the Year by Missouri Bicycle and Pedestrian Federation.
Registration is available online and on-site on race day. Choose from four routes: 15, 30, 65 and 100 miles. All routes are on state highways, in rural agricultural areas. The terrain is flat except for some rolling hills on the 100-mile route. Helmets are required for all participants.
There is a fun Main Street Party on Friday night: a traditional street party featuring food, live music and various vendors.
In addition to the ride, Saturday is the 40th Annual Sweet Corn Festival in downtown East Prairie. The all-day event includes activities such as outhouse races; dog, car, antique tractor and quilt shows; food vendors; and a lip-sync contest.
Note: the address shown is a spot along the route, in town.
The Cotton Ramble Bike Ride begins and ends at the Sikeston Depot Museum in downtown Sikeston. Riders travel along shaded, tree-lined streets with majestic homes constructed in the early 1900s. This event is not a race. It is designed to allow riders to choose their routes based on their own level of training.
Choose from 13-, 26-, 65- and 100-mile rides. The longer routes leave town, traveling along fields of cotton, soybeans and corn. On the 26- and 65-mile routes you can visit two working cotton gins, each offering free tours. All routes are well marked and include rest stops with refreshments and toilet facilities.
While downtown, enjoy the Harvest Festival and Antique Tractor Show in Legion Square (adjacent to the Depot). You're invited to enjoy downtown's galleries, antique and collectible stores, and boutique shopping.
Registration at the Depot Museum: Oct. 10, 5 p.m.-7 p.m.; Oct. 12, 7:30 a.m. Ride begins at 8:30 AM at the Red Caboose.
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