Will Rogers Days

Enjoy a birthday bash and parade downtown to Gazebo Park along with a variety of other activities the first weekend of November to celebrate Will Rogers! 

Event Schedule: 

November 2nd, 12-1 pm- Oscar Winner Gray Frederickson Lecture
Come to the Will Rogers Memorial Museum Theatre to hear Gray Frederickson discuss movies he Produced, like The Godfather Part 2, Apocalypse Now and the Outsiders.

November 2nd, 3 pm- Will Rogers Parade March
Dress up as your favorite super hero and join the Community as we walk down Will Rogers Blvd. to Will's Birthday Party.
4-6 pm- Birthday Bash at Gazebo Park 
Celebrate Will's birthday with Birthday Cake at the Claremore Museum of History (MOH), who is co-sponsor of the event with Claremore Main Street.  Food Trucks, games and FREE cake. Come dressed as your favorite movie character and get a FREE prize in the Museum.

November 3rd, 8 am- Cherokee Wings Fun Run & 5k
Join in for the 1k Fun Run or the 5k race in the beautiful Rogers State University's Nature Preserve.  Check in at the Will Rogers Memorial Museum.

November 3rd, 10 am- Traditional Wreath Laying
The Pocahontas Club will do their traditional wreath laying ceremony. There will also be a Musical Tribute to Will Rogers by Jana Jae in the Theatre and a reception following.

November 3rd, 2 pm- Mid-Afternoon Frolic
Show off your talent or come watch some great entertainment. Open to all ages 5-12. 

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About Will Rogers

William Penn Adair "Will" Rogers was an American cowboy, vaudeville performer, humorist, newspaper columnist, social commentator, and stage and motion picture actor.

Known as "Oklahoma's Favorite Son", Rogers was born to a prominent Cherokee Nation family in Indian Territory (now part of Oklahoma). He traveled around the world three times, made 71 movies (50 silent films and 21 "talkies"), and wrote more than 4,000 nationally syndicated newspaper columns. By the mid-1930s, the American people adored Rogers. He was the leading political wit of his time, and was the highest paid Hollywood movie star. Rogers died in 1935 with aviator Wiley Post, when their small airplane crashed in northern Alaska.

Rogers's vaudeville rope act led to success in the Ziegfeld Follies, which in turn led to the first of his many movie contracts. His 1920s syndicated newspaper column and his radio appearances increased his visibility and popularity. Rogers crusaded for aviation expansion, and provided Americans with first-hand accounts of his world travels.