Claremore Daily Progress

Community News

July 4, 2012

Will Rogers & Wiley Post Fly-In Aug. 12

CLAREMORE — Will Rogers was an actor, writer, trick roper and rancher. At the time of his death, he was all these and undoubtedly the world’s most avid aviation booster. 

Aviation in the Heartland will be celebrated Aug. 12, when planes land on a 2,000-foot grass strip adjacent to the Will Rogers Birthplace Ranch house on Oologah Lake.
The annual Will Rogers & Wiley Post Fly-In is a family event where visitors can see vintage aircraft, World War I fighters, experimentals, bi-planes, helicopters and ultralights and talk with the pilots who fly them.
Activities from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. are dotted with live music, Cherokee storytelling under the shade trees, antique and classic car show and inflatable amusements for the kids. Food concessions are available.
Sponsors for the event are the Will Rogers Memorial Museum, Will Rogers Memorial Foundation, Cherokee Nation Businesses and Will Rogers Downs.
Bring your own lawn chair and watch planes as they land and as Ross Adkins and Tony Isler describe the planes and announce their pilots as they land.
Antique and classic cars will be showing on the lawn.Vistors have an opportunity to vote for the “People’s Choice” plane and car. The winner will receive a Will Rogers trophy. 
The log-walled room where Will was born has been preserved as it was when he was born Nov. 4, 1879, with the original walls and period furniture. Learn about the life, wisdom and humor of Will Rogers, see the longhorn cattle roam, chickens scratch, and goats and burros beg for attention at the living history ranch.
The house at 9501 E. 380 Road (two miles east of Highway 169 on 380 Road) is open for tours 365 days a year. 
Doris “Coke” Lane Meyer, great-niece of Will Rogers, will be on hand to sell and autograph her new book “I Called Him Uncle Will.” 

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