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World’s Toughest Rodeo Returns to Des Moines, Iowa This Weekend

Kimberly Ritter

Get ready to rodeo Des Moines! The Cinch World’s Toughest Rodeo returns to Wells Fargo Arena on Saturday, May 1st. If you will be bringing your little cowboy or cowgirl to check out this weekend’s event. Here’s what you need to know.
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This weekend the Cinch World’s Toughest Rodeo is returning to Des Moines. With tough and action packed competition, special entertainment and the opportunity to take a look behind the scenes. Here’s what you can expect from this upcoming event.

The CINCH World’s Toughest Rodeo is performing two special shows this Saturday, May 1st at the Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines.

Family Friendly Rodeo Matinee

Saddle up for fun at a special family friendly matinee show at 1 p.m. that includes a free in-arena pre-show event from 11:30 to 12:30 p.m.. This special pre-show event for the matinee only will offer rodeo fans a special behind the chutes tours, plus the opportunity to meet the cowboys & entertainers and get autographs. There will also be pony rides and the opportunity to get your photo taken on a real live bull!

Evening Show With Party Zone

There will also be an evening performance at 8 p.m. Join fellow rodeo fans in the Party Zone for $2 Buck Beers from 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.

This action-packed Iowa event will qualify the winners to ride in the upcoming “million dollar” American rodeo in Dallas, TX. Winners will also have the ultimate opportunity to compete at the NATIONAL FINALS RODEO in Las Vegas, NV for the WORLD CHAMPION title. There’s a lot at stake for the cowboys and they are “in it to win it”.

The CINCH World’s Toughest Rodeo performances in Des Moines will feature 3 fan favorite events including Bareback Riding, Saddle Bronc Riding, and the most extreme sport, Bull Riding.

Twelve contestants will compete for the ultimate chance to come back for the winner takes all Showdown Round. Some of the nation’s fastest cowgirls will also compete on their very own animal athletes will compete against the clock in the Women’s Barrel Racing.

In addition to tough competitions, CINCH World’s Toughest Rodeo is bringing in additional amazing entertainment to Wells Fargo Arena.

Roger Mooney, National Finals Rodeo announcer will return to Des Moines. Dusti Dickerson, trick rider extraordinaire will be there to thrill fans with gymnastics on horseback… or three horses!

Whiplash the Cowboy Monkey, a family favorite, will also be in the house aboard Boogie, his Border Collie steed, rounding up his herd of Barbados sheep in Whiplash fashion. John Harrison, 6 times National Finals Barrelman and fan favorite will keep the comedy coming and complete the stars lining up to perform in Des Moines.

Tickets are on sale now for the Cinch World’s Toughest Rodeo this weekend in Des Moines, Iowa at the Wells Fargo Arena. For information and to purchase tickets, visit the Iowa Events Center website. Looking for a coupon code to help you save money on your tickets? Enter the code WTRFB for $5 off adult tickets for this weekend’s shows.

Premium Gold Buckle seating (Sections 102-104/114-118 Rows A-K) is available and includes free program and meet & greet in front of bucking chutes with Whiplash the Cowboy Monkey and trick rider Dusti Dickenson at 6:00pm

Due to current health conditions, Wells Fargo Arena asks that all guests attending events wear a mask except when eating or drinking and observe social distancing. Guests who are feeling ill, who have been exposed to COVID-19 or have been in contact with someone diagnosed with COVID-19 are asked not to attend events.

For more information on the CINCH World’s Toughest Rodeo, visit

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