Rodeo tickets extremely limited in final week

Committee considering standing-room only sales.


FORT MADISON: Tri State Rodeo officials are announcing a Special Ticket Alert. Wednesday Night and Friday Night ticket availability is extremely limited.
Both nights are likely to sell out prior to the event and potentially within the next few days or sooner. Attendees are highly encouraged to pre-purchase tickets as soon as possible.  
In the case of a sellout, we will offer a limited amount of “General Admission – Standing Room Only” tickets. These tickets will not come with seating in the arena but will allow for access inside the grounds. Ticket holders will be able to enjoy the vendors as well as the big-screen TVs that will show the rodeo inside the Bud Light Stockyard. Once the rodeo is over, the gates to the arena will be open and all ticket holders will be allowed onto the dirt to get in front of the stage for the concerts. 
The 75th Tri-State Rodeo kicks off on Saturday, Sept. 2 with four days of pre-rodeo activities that lead to four huge nights of rodeo and music inside C.E. Richards Arena.  
Pre-Rodeo activities include the Fort Madison YMCA Stockyard Stampede (5K), Pee Wee Barrels, a Chili Supper, Lil’ Spurs Rodeo, Little Miss Rodeo & All-Around Cowboy, a Pancake Breakfast, Pulled Pork Dinner, and the Special Kids Rodeo. Entry to the pre-rodeo activities requires the purchase of a Rodeo Button ($7), which can be purchased at many area businesses, including the rodeo ticket office.   
Rodeo activities include four nights of world-class rodeo competition, including the Jim Bair/RAM Chute-Out, Bareback Riding, Steer Wrestling, Team Roping, Saddle Bronc Riding, Tie Down Roping, Barrel Racing, and Bull Riding.  
Musical performances on Jack Daniel’s Main Stage include performances by Ian Munsick, Chris Janson, ALABAMA, and Riley Green, as well as after-party shows in the Bud Light Stockyard by The Tank Anthony Band, Bootcut, and Stumptown.  
 Also, the Tri-State Rodeo Parade is one of the largest and finest parades in the Tri-State area, with over 1,000 horses and riders.
There will be food and drink vendors, retail vendors, and many interactive activities as well. Tickets are required for each night and include admission to all scheduled events for that day (including both the rodeo and concerts). 
Each night of the rodeo will be hosted by 4x Pro Rodeo Announcer of the Year, Boyd Polhamus, and 10-time PRCA Clown of The Year Justin Rumford. Also performing will be Cowboy Kenny’s Steel Rodeo. Cowboy Kenny is a high-flying freestyle motocross rider who has won 10 medals at the X Games and Gravity Games and seven World Championships, including the Van’s Triple Crown and Dew Tours.!  
A full list of activities, a schedule, and more can be found at  
Parking is available at the arena, but during the rodeo (September 6 -9th), there will also be shuttle buses running regularly from Connection Bank, Cobblestone Inn & Suites, Baxter Sports Complex, and Quality Inn & Suites. Busses will run 5PM – 12AM on Wednesday & Thursday and 5PM – 2AM on Friday & Saturday. The shuttles and parking at pickup spots are a free service offered through the rodeo. 
Attendance is expected to be at record levels this year, so rodeo spectators (concertgoers) are highly encouraged to get to the grounds early to get the best parking locations.  
For questions on what is allowed on the grounds, or most anything else,  visit the FAQ page on

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