Show Me Summer

Lindsey Grojean/KRCU

Leather chaps, bucking horses, rodeo clowns and cowboys are the necessary ingredients to a well seasoned rodeo. The Sikeston Jaycee Bootheel Rodeo is the one place where everybody gets a shot to be a cowboy for a day. In a continuation of our series Show Me Summer, KRCU’s Marissanne Lewis-Thompson and Lindsey Grojean stopped by the rodeo for this audio postcard.

 

Lindsey Grojean/KRCU

For the last 108 years, the streets of downtown Jackson have become a nostalgic adventure, lined with food stands and vibrantly lit rides. The smell of fried food lingers in the air as people make their way down memory lane for Jackson Homecomers. From friends and family to classmates and old war buddies, Homecomers is the crowning glory before the school year begins. KRCU’s Marissanne Lewis-Thompson and I captured the sounds of this reunion for this audio postcard.

Lindsey Grojean/KRCU

Tucked away in a bundle of hills is the village of New Hamburg, Missouri. It hasn't its own zip code nor does it house more than 200 residents. But once a year, hundreds of people return to what they call home. KRCU's Lindsey Grojean captured the sounds of the New Hamburg Picnic, an annual summer celebration not only for fun, but to keep St. Lawrence Parish, the heart of the community beating.

Editor's Note: Chris Grojean is the father of KRCU's Lindsey Grojean.

Marissanne Lewis-Thompson/KRCU

 

Sitting in the heart of downtown Ste. Genevieve is Sara’s Ice Cream, and when you step inside it’s like a nostalgia trip. From top to bottom, the shop is decked out with vintage Coca-Cola memorabilia, antique malt mixers and old photographs. But in the center of the shop is the main attraction--a stainless steel Bastian Blessing soda fountain from the 1930s.

 

“Every year we turn it on hoping to get that reassuring grunt when that compressor kicks in and it does,” said Sara Menard, owner of Sara’s Ice Cream.

Lindsey Grojean/KRCU

For years this restaurant has remained a staple within the Sikeston community. It’s the only place where throwing rolls across a massive dining room is socially acceptable. People come from all over the country to get their hands on some good old fashioned southern cooking. If you haven’t guessed by now KRCU’s Lindsey Grojean and I made our next pit stop at Lambert's home of the “throwed rolls” for this audio postcard.

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