The six-time Small Rodeo of the Year and Medium Rodeo of the Year Finalist, the 77th Will Rogers Stampede PRCA Rodeo, returns on Memorial Day weekend in Claremore. This family-fun event offers something for everyone with events such as bull riding, barrel racing, team roping, mutton bustin’, rodeo clowns and more. Festivities begin Thursday night with a special rodeo-themed food truck event, followed by the premier event.
“Attendees will experience the thrill of top cowboys and cowgirls in the nation compete,” said Tanya Andrews, director, Visit Claremore. “The Will Rogers Stampede PRCA Rodeo promises to be bigger and better than ever with a record 800 athletes entered to compete, as well as nationally recognized featured acts.”
The rodeo weekend starts Thursday, May 25 in historic downtown Claremore with “Boots on the Boulevard.” Held from 6 to 9 p.m., this exciting event will feature a variety of food trucks, a mechanical bull, live entertainment by Jason Wood & The HWY 69’ers and street dancing. Miss Rodeo Oklahoma 2023, Allie Baker, Miss Rodeo Oklahoma Teen 2023, Emma Couch and Miss Rodeo Oklahoma Princess 2023, Dilynn Schafer, will also be making a special guest appearance! Rodeo tickets and t-shirts will be available for purchase.
The rodeo begins on Friday, May 26 and culminates Sunday, May 28. Events will be held at Stampede Park at 13601 E 480 Rd. in Claremore. Gates open nightly at 6 p.m., with pre-rodeo entertainment and mutton bustin’ starting at 7 p.m. and the rodeo at 8 p.m. Tickets can be purchased here. More information about the weekend can be found at visitclaremore.com/rodeo.
The Clem McSpadden Tub-Handle Classic Steer Roping competition will be held on Saturday, May 27, at 10 a.m. in Stampede Park. Named after Claremore’s famous rodeo announcer and steer roper, Clem McSpadden, the night features some of the best steer roping in the nation.
This year’s rodeo features a very exciting entertainment act, eight-time NFR Barrelman John Harrison. He was most recently named the 2022 Triple Crown Winner, taking home the honors for Comedy Act of the Year, Coors Man in the Can and Rodeo Clown of the Year.
Parking and Closures
A new parking plan and shuttle service has been added this year to accommodate expected record attendance. Because there is limited parking on the rodeo grounds, guests are encouraged to use the free shuttle service, which will run from Lantow Stadium (1910 N Florence Ave.) nightly thanks to a partnership with Claremore Public Schools. Continuous service will begin each night at 5:45 p.m. and run until 10:15 p.m.
In addition, Lake Road will be closed to through traffic starting at 4 p.m. Friday through the duration of the rodeo. Please be mindful of these road closures when visiting Stampede Park or Claremore Lake.