Claremore’s award-winning Will Rogers Stampede PRCA Rodeo returns Thursday, May 23 and runs through Sunday, May 26. Great performances by some of the PRCA’S best have entered and this year a record number of contestants will be in town. Coming from thirty-two states and Australia, more than five hundred cowboys and cowgirls have entered in this year’s rodeo.
Stampede Rodeo Week kicks off May 23 with the Downtown Hoedown in historic downtown Claremore. The street festival will feature live entertainment, children’s activities, food trucks and shopping. This year’s Miss Rodeo Oklahoma, Kodi Smalygo, and Miss Rodeo Oklahoma Princess, Allie Baker, will be on hand selling advance rodeo tickets and signing autographs for the kiddos. Meanwhile at Stampede Park, the Clem McSpadden Tub-Handle Steer Roping returns at 7pm, tickets are $15 at the gate.
Friday, May 24 through Sunday, May 26 brings more great performances starting with the popular Muttin Bustin at 7pm. This year Cody Sosbee, Stampede Clown and Barrel Man will entertain crowds all three nights. Sosbee is from Arkansas who was once a successful bareback rider winning the International Professional Rodeo Association’s Rookie of the Year and has the title of IPRA World Championship in Bareback in 1993.
Returning this year is Stock Contractor Pete Carr of Pete Carr’s Classic Pro Rodeo and Pete Carr Pro Rodeo, which makes up the largest stock contracting comping in professional rodeo. This year’s announcer is Scott Grover, whose first PRCA Rodeo was to announce the Will Rogers Stampede PRCA Rodeo with Clem McSpadden.
PRCA’s 3X Specialty Act of the Year and one of this year’s Stampede’s entertainers is Tomas Garcilazo, Rope Artist and Horseman. Along with Tomas, Cody Cavanaugh will perform his freestyle motocross exhibition. Performances by both will be all three nights during the PRCA performances. Afterwards spectators are invited to stay on the grounds and listen to some great music by two of Claremore’s finest musicians, Mark McClurg and James Muns. McClurg played fiddle for Alan Jackson and sang back-up; James Muns owns a local music store and offers music lessons in his spare time.
“Claremore’s rodeo has been named the PRCA Rodeo of the Year for five years in a row. It is the third longest-running event in town and supported by local and nationally recognized businesses, longtime supporters in the community and has multiple volunteers to make it successful each year.”, said Andrews. The 73rd Will Rogers Stampede PRCA Rodeo is made possible by our Presenting and Silver Spur Sponsors Ram Rodeo, Cinch, Montana Silversmiths, Pendleton, MidTown Rentals, RCB Bank, Stillwater Milling, Cherokee Casino Will Rogers Downs, and Visit Claremore. Chute Gate and Scoreboard Sponsors are Ditch Witch of Tulsa, Equipment World, BancFirst, McFarland-Ingersol Ranch and Dixon Flowers Roping Horses.
Ticket information for the 73rd Will Rogers Stampede PRCA Rodeo is available online at www.willrogersstampede.com. Advance tickets are $15 for adults and $7 for children 12 and under and can be purchased online, during the Downtown Hoedown on May 23rd, any RCB Bank, Stillwater Milling, or BancFirst locations in Claremore.