Raccoon River Rally

The West Des Moines Chamber of Commerce and the City of West Des Moines are excited to announce the inaugural Racoon 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 Blue Heron Lake 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 Great Outdoors Foundation, a regional conservation leader and catalyst for high impact environmental projects. Great Outdoor Foundation is currently raising funds for the Central Iowa Water Trails.

Raccoon River Rally will be held on Saturday, October 2 from 12 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. The bike ride, route to be announced, 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!

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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.

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

  • Big Boy’s Mobile Kitchen
  • Hot Off the Presses
  • Hotsy Totsy
  • Mema’s Italian Griners
  • Totally Rolled

Vendors that will be on site to purchase from/interact with include:

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