TULSA, Okla. (KTUL) — The 77th Will Rogers Stampede PRCA Rodeo returns on Memorial Day weekend in Claremore at Stampede Park.
The event offers activities to enjoy such as bull riding, barrel racing, team roping, mutton bustin', rodeo clowns, and more.
Festivities began Thursday night with a special rodeo-themed food truck event, followed by the premier event.
The rodeo begins on Friday and culminates Sunday, May 28. Gates open nightly at 6 p.m., with pre-rodeo entertainment and mutton bustin' starting at 7 p.m., and the rodeo at 8 p.m.
The Clem McSpadden Tub-Handle Classic Steer Roping competition will be held on Saturday, May 27, at 10 a.m.
"Attendees will experience the thrill of top cowboys and cowgirls in the nation compete," said Tanya Andrews, director of Visit Claremore. "The Will Rogers Stampede PRCA Rodeo promises to be bigger and better than ever with a record 800 athletes entered to compete, as well as nationally recognized featured acts."
Will Rogers Stampede PRCA Rodeo also warns visitors to be mindful of parking changes and road closures.
A new parking plan and shuttle service were added this year to accommodate expected attendance. Due to limited parking on the rodeo grounds, Will Rogers Stampede encourages guests to use the free shuttle service, which will run from Lantow Stadium nightly. Continuous service will begin each night at 5:45 p.m. and run until 10:15 p.m.
Will Rogers Stampede added Lake Road will be closed to through traffic starting at 4 p.m. Friday through the duration of the rodeo.
Tickets can be purchased here. More information about the weekend can be found online.