CLAREMORE, Okla. – Miss Rodeo America Lauren Heaton will have a meet-and-greet with rodeo fans beginning at 11 a.m. Friday, May 22, at Drysdales Western Wear on 71st Street in Tulsa.
Heaton, the first Miss Rodeo Oklahoma to win the title of Miss Rodeo America, grew up in Alva, Okla., and graduated from Oklahoma State University. This marks the second straight year she is part of the festivities at the Will Rogers Stampede PRCA Rodeo, which will have three action-packed performances set for 7:45 p.m. Friday, May 22-Sunday, May 24, at Will Rogers Stampede Arena.
As Miss Rodeo Oklahoma in 2014, Heaton was a major part of last year’s Will Rogers Stampede. She has included Claremore in her schedule that includes national rodeo appearances as the primary ambassador for the sport.
Claremore’s rodeo was recognized as the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association’s 2014 Small Rodeo of the Year, an honor voted on by the members of the organization. The rodeo also will feature several other award-winning entities: 2012 and 2013 Dress Act of the Year Tomas Garcilazo; 2014 Comedy Act of the Year John Harrison, who also won the 2014 Coors Man in the Can for his work as a funnyman/barrelman; and Pete Carr Pro Rodeo, one of the top five stock contractors in the PRCA and the 2014 Women’s Professional Rodeo Association’s Stock Contractor of the Year.
Discounted tickets will be available at Drysdales during the meet-and-greet and also can be found on the rodeo’s website, www.WillRogersStampede.com; fans can follow the rodeo on Facebook and Twitter.