Fall is in full swing and here in Claremore, that means celebrating Oklahoma’s favorite son, Will Rogers. This year would have marked his 140th birthday. The inaugural Will Rogers Motion Picture Festival is an ideal way to celebrate the film star. The Will Rogers Memorial Museum will host the Will Rogers Motion Picture Festival from October 30th to November 2nd. The festival will offer movies, lectures, workshops, food and fun for film buffs and fans alike. They will be honoring today’s movie makers during the Festival with contest submissions from around the world and celebrating the amazing movie career of Will Rogers. This is a ticketed event and admission fees will vary by event. Join us for this family-friendly event. For more information, visit dogirons.com.
Get ready for some heart-pounding excitement with the Will Rogers Days Xtreme Bulls at Claremore Expo Center on November 1st and 2nd. Come on out and watch as the best cowboys in the world go head to head with the toughest bucking bulls! Doors open at 6 pm and the show starts 7:30 pm nightly. Adult tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. Children 12 and under are $5. Advanced tickets are sold at Stillwater Milling, the Claremore Expo Center, and online at xtremebulls.eventbrite.com
Saturday, November 2nd offers more family fun with the Cherokee Nation’s Wings Race starting at 6:30am on the grounds of Rogers State University at the Nature Preserve. Registrations can be found at willrogers.com.
The Indian Women’s Pocahontas Club will hold their traditional wreath-laying ceremony on November 2nd at 10am at the Will Rogers Memorial Museum with entertainment and reception to follow.
Saturday, November 2nd, RSU Native American Festival will be held at the Carolyn Taylor Center from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. This event is on campus, free, and open to the public. Indian taco dinner concessions will be available in the afternoon.
On Monday, November 4th, the museum celebrates Will’s birthday by offering complimentary admission from 10am to 5pm and a birthday celebration at the Birthplace Ranch from 9 am to 10 am. Music will be provided by Oologah-Talala students and entertainment by World Champion Trick Roper Kowboy Kal. It’s great fun for the whole family.
To kick off Veterans Day, join us for a flag retirement ceremony at 9:30 am at the Claremore Expo Center’s circle drive followed by the parade. Claremore’s Veterans Day parade will be Monday, November 11th starting at 11:11 am and will route from the Claremore Expo Center to downtown Claremore. Join the community in paying tribute to our men and women in the Armed Forces, for those who have served, are serving and honoring those who paid the ultimate sacrifice.
To get yourself in the holiday mood, make plans on November 22nd and 23rd to attend Dickens on the Boulevard. It is a Victorian-themed Christmas festival in historic downtown Claremore. The festival, held annually on the weekend before Thanksgiving, is now in its 24th year. Beginning at 6 pm each evening, visitors will enjoy live stage entertainment, food, pictures with Santa, and more. A Victorian street dance will be held both nights of the event and a territorial marshal re-enactment will entertain crowds with plenty of Western-themed action. Living window displays will pepper the downtown area while an artisan village will feature living history demonstrations. Visitors will be able to learn about life in the Victorian era while re-enactors portraying blacksmiths, spinners, wood carvers, potters and more answer questions from the crowd and sell their wares.
Browse through the festive shops and decorated boutiques of downtown Claremore or enjoy a Christmas-themed wagon ride through town. A living nativity, a costume contest and a saloon featuring sarsaparilla and water will all be available. Come and enjoy such delicious fare from a chuck wagon as well as hot dogs and kettle corn. Admission is free and open to the public. For more information visit downtownclaremore.org/dickens-on-the-boulevard.