Will Rogers Days

Will Rogers statue by Jo Davidson. Courtesy Will Rogers Memorial Museums.
Will Rogers statue by Jo Davidson. Courtesy Will Rogers Memorial Museums.

Saturday, Nov. 1-Tuesday, Nov. 4

Claremore remembers favorite son Will Rogers this weekend with a series of events honoring the actor, columnist and humorist. Born on a family ranch near Oologah when the region was still considered Indian Territory, Rogers went on to become a great entertainer and celebrity, first as a trick-rope cowboy act on the vaudeville stage and later for his philosophical wit, humor and commentary in print and on film. Will Rogers Days, the annual celebration, attests to the legacy of the man who never forgot his Oklahoma beginnings and Cherokee heritage. This year’s events begin with the Will Rogers Days Parade in downtown Claremore at 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 1. Also on Saturday, the Will Rogers Memorial Museum, 1720 W. Will Rogers Blvd., in Claremore opens the doors for a traditional Cherokee lunch. At 1 p.m., the Indian Women’s Pocahontas Club will hold its Hats Off to Will program and a wreath-laying memorial. On Sunday, Nov. 2, the museum’s theater holds a Mid-Afternoon Frolic, a talent show from 2-4 p.m. Then, Children’s Day at the Museum welcomes Rogers’ youngest fans to the museum from 10 a.m-1 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 3 (reservations for this event are required). Finally, everyone is invited to enjoy birthday cake and entertainment at Will Rogers Birthplace Ranch, 9501 E. 380 Road, near Oologah. The event includes area students and champion trick roper Kowboy Kal from 10-11:30 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 4. For more, visit www.willrogers.com.