Any visitors to the city of Claremore can be sure of a typical friendly Oklahoma welcome and those coming to the area for one of its many annual festivals and special events can sample the state’s hospitality at its finest. Despite its city status, Claremore still has that old town charm in abundance and alongside its numerous tourist attractions of historical interest there is always something happening in the area for the whole family to enjoy. It is a well known fact that Oklahoma has more drivable miles than any other state in the country thanks to its Historic Route 66 so there is a great deal to experience all within a short drive of the city itself. From cowboys and firearms to oilfields and wineries, not to mention legendary American Icons and the world’s largest Totem Pole, this state truly offers something to suit everyone.
Aside from one of the main calendar events – the renowned Bluegrass & Chilli Festival – there are many other annual events and festivals – held throughout the year albeit mostly in warmer months May to September however this starts in April with the annual Green Country Classic Ranch Rodeo. This is held in Claremore Expo Centre which is conveniently located at 400 Veterans Parkways and offers two nights of ranch rodeo action with sixteen teams competing in a variety of tasks with all proceeds from the event – $5-10 entry fee for junior and senior exhibitions but admission is free for the Huge Cowboy Trade Show – being donated to a local children’s charity. There are also Junior and Women’s events too so this is sure to be a fun-filled night for kids and adults of either gender. If you are a resident in the area with young children or teenagers, there is an excellent summer camp program which starts around the end of May and runs until the beginning of August. The City of Claremore Youth Summer Camps offers activities for all ages from Arts & Crafts, to Photography, Space Camp to Archery from qualified instructors plus lots of singing and dancing action for toddlers to teens.
In June, fishing enthusiasts may enjoy the Battle of the Big Cats, which is held mid month off Route 66. Whether you wish to participate with your own potentially prizewinning catfish or simply admire the skills of other ‘noddlers,’ there is plenty to do including noodling demonstrations and challenges for both men and women to partake in with cash prizes handed out to those with the largest catches. These are determined at the weigh-in at the end of the day and the highlight of this event. The Claremore Balloon Gateway Festival is held in August where you will find a field of over thirty colorful hot air balloons from all over the state parked at Will Rogers Downs. This annual event also includes live entertainment, arts and crafts, competitions, stalls and vendors plus a children’s activity area with pony rides for the kids, helicopter flights for the adults and of course hot air balloon rides for all.