Will Rogers Memorial Rodeo holds Cherokee Night
The Cherokee Nation and Cherokee Nation Businesses were major sponsor of the 82nd annual Will Rogers Memorial Rodeo held Aug. 21-25 in Vinita. ROGER GRAHAM/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
VINITA – The 82nd annual Will Rogers Memorial Rodeo was held recently and Cherokee Nation, Cherokee Nation Businesses and CN citizens were heavily involved in the five-day event, from sponsors to administrators and participants.
“Cherokee Nation was the major sponsor and for good reason,” Secretary of State Chuck Hoskin Jr. said. “Will Rogers was Cherokee and proud his entire life. He actually attended school a few years here in Vinita. The story goes that after Rogers became famous in the entertainment industry, he visited Vinita promising if the city would hold a rodeo, he’d return for it each year. Unfortunately, Will Rogers and famed American aviator Wiley Post died in a plane crash the following year in Alaska. To honor Will Rogers memory, the city of Vinita kept its promise, holding the Will Rogers Memorial Rodeo for the last 82 years.”
The Cherokee Phoenix was at the rodeo on a night appreciating the CN and produced this video highlight.