Raccoon River Rally

More info coming soon on the 2022 event! Save the date 10/8/2022.

We are excited to this year’s headliner on the Aureon Band Main Stage:

 The Nadas – Iowa’s signature alt-rock-country band, selling more than 200,000 albums through their own label, Authentic Records. Singers/guitarists Mike Butterworth and Jason Walsmith, bassist Brian Duffey, and drummer Brandon Stone mix country, rock, alternative, and indie with flawless songwriting and catchy melodies for a crowd-pleasing experience.

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. Sponsors and Beverage Selections TBA.

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. 

Cardboard boat races are time honored traditions from across the globe. Yes, it might be a little chilly on October 8, 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. 

Signup details coming soon!

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 TBA!

We are excited to showcase some of the coolest companies and organizations at the Raccoon River Rally. 

Exhibitors to be announced!

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

Food Trucks that will be featured at Raccoon River Rally: 

  •  Culinary Nomad, Karam’s Grill
  • Hotsy Totsy
  • Big Mamma’s Bistro
  • Hot of the Presses
  • Totally Rolled Ice Cream

Enjoy fun for the whole family! Activities and vendor announcements coming soon!

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

A portion of sponsorship proceeds benefit

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