Cotton Festival, bicycle ride at Sikeston, Mo.

There will be 13-mile, 16-mile, and 65-mile rides. All rides start at the downtown historic train depot and move through shaded, tree-lined streets, past majestic homes.

The fourth annual Cotton Festival and Cotton Ramble Bicycle Ride in historic Sikeston, Mo., will be held Saturday, Oct. 13.

There will be 13-mile, 16-mile, and 65-mile rides. All rides start at the downtown historic train depot and move through shaded, tree-lined streets, past majestic homes. Leaving town, riders will travel along fields of cotton, soybeans, and corn. The 26-mile and 65-mile routes go past two working cotton gins that will be offering tours. Routes are well-marked, with rest stops offering refreshments and toilet facilities.

Friday evening, Oct. 12, there will be a “Rock and Ramble” at 7 p.m. at Jeremiah’s Restaurant and Lounge, two blocks east of the ride start. The morning of the ride, in Legion Square, adjacent to the ride start, there will be a farmer’s market.

The Cotton Festival, offering food, crafts, live entertainment, and family fun will be held in Legion Square following the bike rides. The Depot Museum will offer visitors a look at the bygone era when cotton was king in the Missouri Bootheel.

Proceeds from the events will benefit historic downtown Sikeston.

For information, go to www.cottonramble.com [3], telephone Jiggs Moore at (573) 475-3725 or e-mail [email protected] [4].