Claremore’s award-winning Will Rogers Stampede PRCA Rodeo returns to Claremore for Memorial Day, May 23 – 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 32 states and Australia, more than 500 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, a free kids zone, 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 Mutton Bustin’ at 7pm. Cody Sosebee, Stampede Clown and Barrel Man, will entertain crowds all three nights. Sosebee, who is originally from Arkansas, was once a successful bareback rider. He won the International Professional Rodeo Association’s Rookie of the Year and earned the title of IPRA World Championship in Bareback in 1993.

Also returning this year is stock contractor Pete Carr, the largest stock contracting company in professional rodeo. This year’s announcer is Scott Grover, who has had the honor of announcing 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. Afterward, 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, as well as longtime supporters in the community. It has multiple volunteers to make it successful each year,” said Andrews. The 73rd Will Rogers Stampede PRCA Rodeo is made possible by 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.