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Raccoon River Rally

The West Des Moines Chamber of Commerce and the City of West Des Moines are excited to announce the inaugural Raccoon River Rally presented by Google Fiber scheduled for October 2, 2021. This is a FREE family friendly, rain or shine event and everyone is invited!

Raccoon River Rally is the first fall festival of its kind at Raccoon River Park celebrating WDM’s community and waters. Attractions for the event include a morning bike ride, live music, cardboard boat races, a vendor fair with fun activities for kids, beer tent featuring craft beer from Kinship Brewing Co. and food trucks.

A portion of sponsorship proceeds will benefit the Raccoon River Pedestrian Bridge project that will be an iconic showpiece for our region and tie together Walnut Woods State Park and Brown’s Woods with beautiful Raccoon River Park. The Great Outdoors Foundation is supporting this regional effort to help fundraise and you can learn more and make personal donations on site at the event!

Raccoon River Rally will be held on Saturday, October 2 from 12 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. First 250 attendees get a limited edition swag bag filled with Rally goodies. The bike ride, route below, will kick off the day at 11 a.m. and cardboard boat races will begin at 2 p.m. Come join us at this fall festival and enjoy all the best the west has to offer!

We are excited to feature two bands for your listening pleasure on the Aureon Band Main Stage:

12 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.: Dick Danger Band – A funky six piece Top 40/ R&B band who plays anything from Bruno Mars to Phil Collins, Jimi Hendrix to Prince. 

3:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.: The Tony Bohnenkamp Cover Band – Iowa Rock & Roll Hall of Fame artist and five piece band spotlighting the top covers from the 70’s, 80’s, 90’s to keep our Rally fans rockin’!

A full selection of beers will be available on hand for purchase for those 21 and older. Please bring a valid form of ID. Do not drink and drive. Thank you to Doll Distributing and Kinship Brewing. Beers are $5/piece. We will be featuring:

  • Bud Light
  • Budweiser
  • Michelob Ultra
  • Bush Light
  • Truly Spiked – Assorted flavors
  • Kinship Oh Billy Hazy Session IPA
  • Kinship Rocket Rescue West Coast IPA
  • Kinship Off the Leash Modern Iowa Corn Pilsner

All patrons, volunteers, and employees are expected to comply fully with all laws (including laws prohibiting the operation of motor vehicles while under the influence of alcohol), and to take safety precautions including arranging for a designated, sober driver. By attending Racoon River Rally, I agree that any alcoholic beverages I consume are my own choice and responsibility. I agree to drink responsibility. I acknowledge that I alone am responsible for all of my actions resulting from consuming alcohol and the West Des Moines Chamber and City of West Des Moines is in no way responsible.

Raccoon River Rally will kick off at 11 a.m. with bike riding fun for the whole family! View the route map here, which has a 3.2 mile trail loop and an 11 mile trail loop option. Walk ups are welcome day of the event. You can also print, fill out and bring this waiver with you to the ride.

Register for the ride here.

Come one, come all! RAGBRAI Roadshow can’t wait to pop-up at
Raccoon River Rally bike ride and fall festival!  Join members of the
RAGBRAI team on the morning bike ride and don’t forget to stop by and see the latest fall merchandise and get information about The Great Iowa Fall Ride at our tent at the festival. 

Cardboard boat races are time honored traditions from across the globe. Yes, it might be a little chilly on October 2, but we are excited to bring this event to West Des Moines and hope that this becomes a tradition and a great way for families, teams, friends and the community to have a blast!  Building a boat is fun, but it does take some creativity, ingenuity, imagination and collaboration. Cardboard materials can be found at your local grocery store, appliance, furniture, hardware or big ‘box’ seller. The more outlandish the boat, the better! Come up with a theme, outrageous costumes are encouraged, and let’s see who is willing to brave the cold and show us what you got. Fill out this form to learn more and compete.

Pay to participate here.

Heating/cooling tent provided by partner Holt Plumbing & Heating.

Awards include: 

FASTEST BOAT – First boat to cross the finish line – if we have several entries, we will have several races (heats). 

MOST CREATIVE – Awarded by judges based on creativity, showmanship, and team spirit – costumes & props are encouraged! 

BEST CORPORATE BOAT – Show your company spirit and let’s see who shines the best! 

WEST DES MOINES SPIRIT AWARD – What is the best way to show off how much you love WDM? 

TEAM SPIRIT AWARD – What is the team you like best? Maybe it’s the Cubs, Valley Tigers, or your alma matter? 

THE TITANIC AWARD – Who’s boat is the most spectacular at sinking!

Judges include:

Tom Hadden – City Manager | City of West Des Moines

Chris Nelson – Building Team Leader | Shive Hattery

Karen Novak Swalwell – President | Francis & Associates

Russ Trimble – Councilmen | City of West Des Moines

We are excited to showcase some of the coolest companies and organizations at the Raccoon River Rally. Not only will exhibitors be showcasing their companies. Exhibitors that will be on site to purchase from/interact with include:

  • Bozz Prints
  • Farmers State Bank
  • Great Western Bank
  • Great Outdoors Foundation
  • Google Fiber
  • UnitedHealthcare
  • WDM Rotary Club (Will be raffling off a kayak!)
More exhibitors to be announced!

If you or your company is interested in becoming an exhibitor at Raccoon River Rally, please contact katherine@wdmchamber.org for more details

Food Trucks that will be featured at Raccoon River Rally include:

  • Big Boy’s Mobile Kitchen
  • Big Mamma’s Bistro
  • Culinary Nomad
  • Hot Off the Presses
  • Totally Rolled

Enjoy fun for the whole family, courtesy of KinderCare
Learning Centers! Activities that will be available:

  • Balloon Twisting
  • Glitter Tattoos
  • Spin Art
  • Giant Connect Four
  • Giant Jenga
  • And more!

Interested in signing up to volunteer at the event? You can sign up now. Email info@wdmchamber.org with any questions. 

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Raccoon River Rally is presented by

Gold Sponsor

Family Fun Zone Sponsor

Band Stage Sponsor

Media Partner

Bronze Sponsors

Corporate Partner

Heating/Cooling Tent Partner

In partnership with

A portion of sponsorship proceeds benefit

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