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Oct 10, 2018

Cinch World's Toughest Rodeo Returns to Saint Paul Jan. 25 and 26

Cinch World's Toughest Rodeo™ returns to Saint Paul for two thrilling shows Friday - Saturday, Jan. 25 and 26 at Xcel Energy Center starting at 7:30 p.m. each night. Tickets go on sale Friday, Oct. 12 at 10 a.m. at the Xcel Energy Center Box Office, charge by phone at 800-745-3000 or online at ticketmaster.com. Group rates (12+) are also available by calling 651-312-3486. Tickets start at $20 for adults and $11.50 for kids 12 and under.

Get the best seats in the house when you purchase your Gold Buckle tickets. Gold Buckle ticket holders receive a complimentary Rodeo Rowdy Rag, free program and early access to the preshow, including a special meet-and greet-with the specialty entertainers from 5:30 to 6 p.m. 
 
The popular "Party on the Dirt," featuring  Travis Denning, will take place following Saturday night's rodeo action. A native of Warner Robins, Georgia, Denning vividly remembers the moment he realized he wanted to pursue music for a living. He was seven years old sitting in his Dad's truck and heard AC/DC for the first time. From then on, he was hooked and devoured all types of music from heavy metal, pop, rock and country. Travis started playing local bars at the age of 16 and built a solid following from his distinctive songs and raucous guitar licks. He moved to Nashville in 2014 and within a year signed a publishing deal with Jeremy Stover's RED Creative Group. After securing outside cuts by Jason Aldean, Justin Moore and Chase Rice he caught the attention of Universal Music Group where he eventually signed a record deal in 2017. The singer/songwriter has previously opened shows for Cole Swindell, Alan Jackson, Chase Rice as well as Justin Moore and is set to hit the road with LANCO on the "Hallelujah Nights" tour this fall. When Travis is not touring, he is in the studio working on his debut album.  
 
K102 contest winners get access to the dirt dance, but all rodeo fans are welcome to stay and enjoy the live entertainment.

In 2019, Cinch World's Toughest Rodeo will be the first-ever "special events tour" to be sanctioned by the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association. The toughest cowboy in Saint Paul will have the opportunity to compete at the National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas for the World Champion title.  
 
Cinch World's Toughest Rodeo showcases champion cowboys from around the United States competing in bareback riding, saddle bronc riding or bull riding, while the ladies will be vying for the championship title in barrel racing. The top two in each event will return for a second time to go head-to-head to determine the night's champion.  
 

Before the rodeo each night beginning at 6 p.m., fans are invited to come early and partake in the interactive activities for all ages including pony rides, all access meet-and-greets with cowboys and entertainers, hopping in the clown's barrel for photos, sitting on Silver Dollar the LIVE bull in the bucking chutes, or getting up close and personal with the Cinch World's Toughest Rodeo animal superstars.

 
Cinch World's Toughest Rodeo will feature the return of Bull Jumper Emmanuel Lataste. The Frenchman will show off his unbelievable athletic talent and nerves of steel as he takes extreme sport to another level. Bull Jumping, a sport directly linked to South Western French tradition called "Course Landaise," will include more than 15 jumps and maneuvers over a four-year-old charging Mexican fighting bull. Joining Manu will be Professional Rodeo Comedy Act of the Year John Harrison and trick and Roman rider Dusti Dickerson.
 
There is something for everyone - from top cowboys on the famous World's Toughest bulls and horses to the fast barrel racing cowgirls to the wild antics of the rodeo clowns. It's the Cinch World's Toughest Rodeo - an exciting spectacle families won't soon forget.