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October 18, 2006

City supports Will Rogers parade

Will Rogers Days returns this year, once again with the support of area businesses and volunteer organizations and a $2,000 contribution from the city.

Council members agreed to be a parade sponsor at Monday night’s meeting.

Renie Doherty, representing Reveille Rotary, told the Council the parade has been held every year but maybe two when it was canceled due to the demands of a World War II in the 1940s.

Last year the parade “filled hotels” with performers from the Wild West Arts and Exhibition group.

This year the parade will be honor “Will Rogers and the American Spirit.” Around 100 floats and exhibits are expected to be a part of the event many of them touting local, state and federal candidates for public office. The General Election will the following Tuesday, Nov. 7.

Former Tulsa radio personality John Ehrling has agreed to be honored as this year’s Will Rogers Day Parade marshal.

Entries are being accepted for the parade which will take place 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 4.

Nov. 4 is the 127th anniversary of Will Rogers birth in Oologah, Indian Territory.

Entry categories are floats, marching bands, drill teams-scout groups, car clubs, antique cars and individual cars, equestrian riders and riding groups, political and special entries such as royalty, organizations and celebrities. To obtain an entry form call 918-341-1932 or visit

Related Will Rogers Days events include:

• Wednesday, Nov. 1

6-7 p.m.-Will Rogers Rotary Tulsa Gala, presentation of Will Rogers Spirit

Award, Greenwood Cultural Center, Will Rogers Interpreter Doug Watson on program. (Ticket information call 918-688-2319.)

• Friday, Nov. 3

10 a.m.-Oologah Will Rogers Ranch, birthplace, birthday party hosted by

Will Rogers Museums and Oologah Chamber of Commerce, birthday cake, children’s music presentation and Wild West Show exhibition

2 p.m.-Claremore Will Rogers Museum, Cherokee Indian Women’s Pocahontas Club, wreath laying and memorial tribute

• Saturday, Nov. 4

2 p.m.-Will Rogers Days Parade down Will Rogers Boulevard in Claremore with floats, marching bands, drill teams, youth and adult clubs and groups, car clubs (antique cars, clubs and individual cars), equestrian groups, political and special entries (Information, call Will Rogers Museum, 918-341-0719.)

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