Parade Kicks Off Rodeo Week

July 22, 2018



The 82nd annual Original Will Rogers Memorial Rodeo Parade will kick off rodeo week in Vinita on August 22, 2018. “American Spirit the Will Rogers Way” is this year’s theme. The parade will take place in Downtown Vinita starting at 11:00am. Hundreds of spectators will line the streets as over 100 parade entries march down Historic Route 66.


Since 1935, the parade has been a favorite annual event, entertaining thousands of children and adults as it winds through the historic streets of downtown Vinita. With “American Spirit the Will Rogers Way” themed entries, including brightly decorated floats, marching bands, equestrian units, and a cast of wild west characters, Vinita's biggest parade is an event not to be missed.


Entries for this year’s parade are now being accepted. Horses, floats, antique cars, and more are welcome to join local marching bands, the Shriners, local fire departments, the Craig County Sheriff, elected officials, and others. Register online at Paper applications are available at the VACC Office located at 105 West Delaware Avenue. The deadline to apply is August 15, 2018, or until all spaces are filled.


The 82nd annual Original Will Rogers Memorial Rodeo is one of the premier rodeo events in the Southwest. Every evening is filled with action packed rodeo events, specialty acts, rodeo clowns, and bull fighters. This PRCA sanctioned event is scheduled for August 22 through 25.


The 82nd annual Original Will Rogers Memorial Rodeo Parade is made possible by the American Legion Post 40, Arvest Bank, Bank of Grand Lake, City of Vinita, Express Employment Professionals, KAMO Power, Luginbuel Funeral Home, Northeast Oklahoma Correctional Center, Oklahoma State Bank, and Park Hills Motel & RV Park.


The VACC recognizes and appreciates its Legacy Members for their commitment to the organization and Vinita’s business community: Arvest Bank, Bank of Grand Lake, Cherokee Nation Businesses, City of Vinita, First National Bank, The Junction Internet, Oklahoma State Bank, and U.S. Cellular Premier Locations.


If you would like more information regarding the Original Will Rogers Memorial Rodeo Parade, please contact the Vinita Area Chamber of Commerce by phone at (918) 256-7133 or by email at



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