welcome to the 78th annual will rogers memorial rodeo!
One of the premier rodeo events held in the Southwest! This is a week long event that is kicked off by the Will Rogers Memorial Rodeo Parade held every year in downtown Vinita. Every evening is filled with action packed events such as Girl's Barrel Racing, Bare Back Bronc Riding, Steer Roping, Saddle Bronc Riding, Calf Roping, Bull Riding & Team Roping. This is a fun event for the whole family!
Purchase a 4 Day Pass and $ave!
Get this great deal by calling Sue Ayres
at 918-244-0265 or 918-788-3756
Purchase a commemorative program for a chance to win prizes!
The American Legion Axillary will have three drawings each night for prizes. You must present the program and be present to win.
The purchase of the programs helps support the American Legion Axillary with their projects that benefit veterans and other local philanthropic efforts.
Thanks to our generous sponsor Cherokee Casino Will Rogers Down!
You don't want to miss this event. It will be taking place on Wednesday and Thursday evening and is sure to bring the house down. A little hint about this event, calves don't wear clothes!
Chicks n Chaps
Women's Only rodeo clinic benefiting local cancer patients & families. Sponsored by Wrangler. www.chicksnchaps.org
National Patriot Night
Come out on Wednesday night to honor our veterans. www.wranglernationalpatriot.com
Thursday Night Cherokee Nation appreciation night - Anyone with a CDIB card gets in - general admission for FREE!
The performance is set to high energy music and showcase the true talent of Jason Goodman & his Percheron horses. Jason takes his six outstanding horses through a series of maneuvers rarely seen in this day and age. Roman riding through circles, large and small figure eights, and putting these amazing horses into a high speed gallop around the arena.
Friday & Saturday Night - Mutton Bustin!
It was in 1934 that Will Rogers suggested to his many Vinita friends and Willie Halsell college classmates, "Have a rodeo next year and I'll be back." He had returned to Vinita in the fall of that year for the homecoming parade.
The world famous cowboy humorist and philosopher, once a Vinita cowboy, rode along in the parade twirling a lariat and speaking to his friends among the spectators.
Will Rogers couldn't keep that appointment because he was killed the next summer in a plane crash but the Dale Peace Post of the American Legion kept the rodeo suggestion alive for 76 years. The first show was held in 1935. Two events have been missed because of the war and anthrax quarantine in northeastern Oklahoma.
We welcome you to this PRCA approved event and encourage you to come every night. Bring your whole family and enjoy this piece of Americana. You will make memories that will last a lifetime.