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!

4 Day Pass to the Will Rogers Memorial Rodeo Purchase a 4 Day Pass and $ave!
Four Day Pass only $25.00 per person.

Passes go on sale May 15th, 2014. Get this great deal by calling Sue Ayres
at 918-244-0265 or 918-788-3756

Win Prizes! 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.

cherokee nation will rogers downs logo Thanks to our generous sponsor Cherokee Casino Will Rogers Down!
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Click to view the Cherokee Nation Ad.

Second Annual Chicks n Chaps Chicks n Chaps


Women's Only rodeo clinic benefiting local cancer patients & families. Sponsored by Wrangler. www.chicksnchaps.org

Turn & Burn Race for the Ta Ta's!!

A 4-D Barrel Race will be held on Saturday August 23rd. More info will be following on this website. To join our Chicks n' Chaps Facebook Group, click here.


Turn & Burn will be held the weekend before the rodeo!

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National Patriot NightNational Patriot Night


Come out on Wednesday night to honor our veterans. www.wranglernationalpatriot.com


Patriotic Girl American Legion FlagPatriotic Woman Thursday Night Cherokee Nation appreciation night - Anyone with a CDIB card gets in - general admission for FREE!


Specialty Act: Cowboy Kenney's Steel Rodeo


Kinsey Sadler Live in Concert

Steel Rodeo Tours is Oklahoma based and owned by Freestyle Motocross champion Cowboy Kenny Bartram. Steel Rodeo Tours provides non-stop, action packed freestyle motocross exhibitions for events and venues across the country. Be prepared for a power packed exciting show. Read more>>

About the Rodeo

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 78 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.



If you would like to have a booth during the rodeo please contact Christy Kenworthy for more information. 918-694-6127