Annual event will be held in August

The Mexico Jaycees will once again be celebrating the Mexico community and its agricultural roots with the Soybean Festival. The Soybean Festival is held annually on the fourth weekend of August. This year it will be Aug. 23 and 24. The event will feature many favorites like a 5K/10K run, parade, live entertainment, Mexico Idol, vendor booths, barbecue contest, and expanded kids attractions.
On Friday evening there will be a family-friendly seating area and beer garden with live entertainment. Scheduled performers on Friday are David Reetz (6:30 p.m.) and Cody Pursifull (8 p.m.). The bands will be set up on Washington Street at Promenade. In addition to the live music, there will also be contest registrations at the Jaycee Hall from 5:30 until 8:30 p.m. for the barbeuce contest, the 5K/10K run, and the Mexico Idol.
The ADM barbeque contest ($2,500 minimum purse) will feature four meat categories (ribs, pork, chicken, and brisket) with a $25 entry fee per category. Runners for the Soybean Festival 5K/10K run sponsored by the Missouri Military Academy ($15-$30 entry fee) can pick up their race bibs and packets Friday evening or on race day, Aug. 24, at Stribling Hall. Entrants into the Mexico Idol must bring their music with them (CD format) Friday evening or have previously mailed it in to allow time for formatting and screening. There will be two Mexico Idol categories (youth and adult 16 plus) with $300 in cash prizes.
On Saturday the day begins at the Missouri Military Academy with the 5K/10K registration opening at 6:30 a.m. and the run starting at 7:30. The races begin in front of Stribling Hall and will travel along on Grand, Pollack and ACR 417. The 10K race will have a mix of paved and gravel surfaces while the 5K will all be paved. The proceeds from the race go to Autism Speaks and to the local VFW Hall. Also in the morning, vendor booths will set up on Jefferson and Promenade streets between 7 and 10:30 a.m. and will feature arts, crafts, food, and a variety of specialty items.
At 10:30 a.m. judging will begin for the ADM Barbeque contest. The children's attractions open at 11 a.m. and continue through 5 p.m. and will include several rides and larger additions this year. The Mexico Idol will run from noon until 3 p.m. The parade will begin at 3:30 p.m. (lineup at the high school from 2:30-3:30 p.m.) with the parade route running along Jackson, Jefferson and Monroe streets on the square. Following the parade, the Brick City Bad Boys and Brick City Customs will gather on Jackson and Jefferson Streets for their Cruise night. Also following the parade, the local band, The Havana Honeys,' will begin playing at 5 p.m. and then the Legacy band will follow at 7:30. During the performances and throughout the day, Washington Street from Promenade to Jackson has been designated as a family-friendly beer garden.
To find out more about the festival times, registration forms and other events check the website,, the Mexico Jaycees Facebook page or call Jaycees President Cameron Oliver at 253-0630. Additional entry forms for the contests will be available at the Mexico Area Chamber of Commerce. Due to safety concerns, all cars must be cleared from the square and Jefferson and Promenade near the square by 8:00AM Saturday. No coolers, glass or outside alcohol can be brought into the beer garden area and patrons are welcome to bring lawn chairs to watch the entertainers.