Claremore, Oklahoma is an exciting destination for the holiday season. Transitioning into fall, Shepherd’s Cross will be hosting their Annual Pumpkin Festival through October 29 every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday from 10 am to 6:30 pm. There are many different activities for children including scarecrow making, hay rides, maze, story time, fall games, and a farm animal petting barn. The Shepherd’s Shop will be open with lots of fall goodies for sale including pumpkins, gourds, straw, cornstalks, and decorative fall items.

                The Route 66 Pecan and Fun Fest will be October 22 from 10 am to 6 pm at the Route 66 Nut House. A variety of activities for people of all ages, this event is sure to be a hit! There will be inflatables, pumpkin painting, balloon artists, magicians, face painting, and a costume contest held at 3:30 pm. Muscle, vintage, and drag cars will be on display all day for those who have “a need for speed.” Live entertainment will begin at 1 pm with Pake McEntire and Stephanie Ann. Pake is the older brother of Reba McEntire, and has been traveling playing country music for many years. The Blue Star Mothers will be out at the Pecan and Fun Fest, so feel free to bring items for donation for our troops overseas.

                A Ride with Bob: The Bob Wills’ Musical featuring Ray Benson and Asleep at the Wheel will be performing October 28 at 7:30 pm and October 29 at 2 pm and 7:30 pm at the Robson Performing Arts Center. “A Ride With Bob” is the first-ever play about the life and music of Bob Wills and his Texas Playboys. Written by Ray Benson and Anne Rapp, it includes the live performance of 15 of Wills’ most well-known songs in a plot that interweaves Ray Bensons’ present day reflections (as a legendary band-leader in his own right) with various stages in Wills’ storied career. Tickets are on sale now; call (918) 699-7390 or visit www.myticketoffice.com.

                Cherokee Casino Will Rogers Downs continues live horse racing through November 12th. Post time is 12 pm every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Along with the horse racing, they will also have events going on through the end of the year. November 5 is the Breeder’s Cup Invitational, and Will Rogers Downs will be broadcasting the races. Also on November 5 will be the Rogers County ABATE Toy Run, ending at Will Rogers Downs. Muay Thai Stand Up and Fight Night is November 12; doors open at 6 pm and fights will start at 7 pm.

                Join the Will Rogers Memorial Museums is celebrating the life and times of Will Rogers during Will Rogers Days, November 3-5. Thursday, November 3 beginning at 10 am is Children’s Day at the Museum with storytelling and musical entertainment. Friday morning at 9:30 am at the Will Rogers Birthplace Ranch will be a birthday party for Will complete with birthday cake and refreshments. World Champion roper Kowboy Kal will be there to entertain! Oologah Public Schools will be performing “Will Rogers Songs.” Back to the Memorial at 2 pm the Pocahontas Club will do their annual tribute to Will, “Hats off to Will.” Antique and classic cars will be showcased at the Memorial Saturday, November 5 beginning at 11 am, with the Will Rogers Day parade rounding up the event at 4 pm.

                Rogers State University men’s and women’s basketball swings into full gear on November 1st. The men’s first home game will be November 3 against Dallas Christian College. Season tickets for the 2011-2012 season are now on sale! Homecoming weekend for Rogers State will be November 11 and 12. The men’s and women’s teams will be playing on Saturday, November 12. For a full list of the homecoming events and team schedules log on to www.rsuhillcats.com.

                The Belvidere Mansion will be hosting their annual Christmas at the Belvidere November 8- December 17, Tuesdays through Saturdays 10 am-3 pm. For this holiday season visit the Belvidere Mansion decorated in Victorian Christmas theme with the holiday gift shop open for those special gifts. The Tea Room will also be open for lunch.

                On November 11 join Claremore in celebrating Veteran’s Day and supporting our troops. There will be a flag retirement ceremony at the JM Davis Arms & Historical Museum that morning at 9:30 am, and a Veteran’s Day parade at 11 am starting at the Claremore Expo Center and will continue east on Will Rogers Boulevard.

                The end of November brings Dickens on the Boulevard in Historic Downtown Claremore. November 18 and 19 at 6 pm each night come celebrate the Christmas season with Victorian dance, photos with Santa, living nativity, artisan village, living windows, and a food court. The downtown shops will be open until 8 pm each night. A best dressed costume contest will be held for those who come in their favorite Victorian garb. The event is free and open to the public.

                Santa Cash starts November 18; shop Claremore at participating merchants for a chance to win cash prizes! The drawings will be December 17 at Cherokee Casino Will Rogers Downs. For more information on any of these events or other happenings in Claremore contact the Claremore Convention and Visitors Bureau toll free at (877) 341-8688 or go to our website at www.visitclaremore.org.

For Immediate Release:
Contact: Lisa Dennis
Claremore Convention &
Visitors Bureau, 918-341-8688
or via email at lisa@visitclaremore.org