welcome the 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.

THE WILL ROGERS MEMORIAL RODEO PARADE IS WEDNESDAY AT 11AM


Announcing the 2018 performers for our National Anthem

Wednesday Night - Makala Gaylor
Thursday Night - Shyly Lauchner
Friday Night - Kelsey Anderson-Kessel
Saturday Night - Austin Markham


our Feature act

We want to introduce you to our 2018 Specialty Act, Whiplash the Cowboy Monkey 3-Time Pro Rodeo Entertainer of the year

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whiplash the cowboy monkey

 

Please come by the Chicks n' Chaps booth to learn more about how we support our local community.

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Our pageant winners for 2018

Congratulations to the new Will Rogers Memorial Rodeo Princess, Kelsey Peper and Queen Lesley Henderson.
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2018 queen lesley henderson

2018 princess kelsey peper

Will Rogers Memorial Rodeo is the home of Miss Rodeo Oklahoma, Calli Newman and Miss Rodeo Princess Oklahoma, Shyanne Marcotte.

Our pageant winners for 2017

Congratulations to the new Will Rogers Memorial Rodeo Princess, Jadyn McDonald, the new Teen Anne Grue, and Queen Taige Laforest. View Contestant Page

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Calli Newman, Miss Rodeo Oklahoma

 

 

Shyanne Marcotte, Miss Rodeo Princess Oklahoma

 

 

 

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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 80 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.

 

 

WANT TO BE A VENDOR DURING THE RODEO?

Interested in having a booth during the rodeo please contact Christy Kenworthy for more information. 918-694-6127