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2021 Tri-State Rodeo

For Embargoed Release on Friday April 9th at 8AM:

Event: Tri-State Rodeo

Date: Wednesday, September 8TH – Saturday, September 11TH

Location: Tri-State Rodeo | 2103 303rd Ave| Fort Madison, Iowa

Fort Madison, Iowa (April 9, 2021) – The Tri-State Rodeo Chairman, Tony Johnson, stated “For over seventy years, the Tri-State Rodeo has been a yearly gathering for so many of us. Year after year we see generations of families coming in from all over the Midwest (and further) to enjoy a week of activities in Fort Madison, Iowa. It has been a difficult year, for each of us in our own ways. But I wanted to start this year off by saying, on behalf of the Tri-State Rodeo, thank you and we have missed you!”

The Tri-State Rodeo is proud to announce that 5 of the 6 musical artists announced in 2020 have been rescheduled for the 2021 Tri-State Rodeo. Nelly, Mark Chesnutt, and David Lee Murphy will be on the main stage the Joe Stamm Band and Stumptown inside the Bud Light Stockyard this September! The rodeo is also, very excited to announce that Cole Swindell has been added as the Saturday Night Headliner this year! Music on the main stage will start immediately after the rodeo ends each night (Thur, Fri and Sat) and will be followed by entertainment inside the Bud Light Stockyard (Wed, Thurs, Fri and Sat).

Each night of the rodeo will be unique with rodeo and musical entertainment. There will also be a theme to each night this year! Wednesday September 8th is the CINCH Chute Out, Thursday September 9th is Tough Enough to Wear Pink Night, Friday September 10th is 90’s Country Throwback Night and Saturday September 11th is Military and First Responder Night. We will have more details on these themes and how the public can get involved coming out over the next several weeks.

Tickets for the 73rd Tri-State Rodeo will go on sale Friday April 23rd, at 8 AM. Tickets will be available online at or by contacting the Rodeo Ticket Office.

About Tri-State Rodeo: In 1948 C.E. (Eddie) Richards brought the Rodeo to the Tri-State area and every year since Fort Madison is home to the best rodeo of the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association Great Lake Circuit. Every year thousands of people flock to Fort Madison area starting Labor Day weekend for a week of action-packed entertainment and events. Since 2000 the Tri-State Rodeo has been named as one of the nation’s top five large outdoor rodeos and continues to rank first among rodeos in the Great Lakes Circuit and in 2001 ranked 43rd among the nation’s more than 700 sanctioned PRCA events. No other rodeo east of Kansas City, Missouri ranked higher.

The Tri-State Rodeo continues to attract the nation’s top cowboys, with competition spread over four nights the first week in September and big-name musicians headlining the Thursday - Saturday night performances.

Find out more about the rodeo and the concert by visiting or by following them on Facebook and Instagram both @fmtristaterodeo.

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