Tug across the Mississippi!

Remember in gym class when you would all line up for a classroom versus classroom (or boys versus girls) tug-of-war? You pulled with all your might, struggling to keep your feet planted on the ground. For a brief moment in time, you were having the time of your life. And now, even when out of required recreation classes, you can still have that fun while supporting a great cause.

The annual Tug Fest takes place in August, with multiple teams tugging rope across the Mississippi River. The rope is 2,400 feet long and 680 pounds, stretching from Port Byron, Illinois, to LeClaire, Iowa.

It dates back to 1987 and is the only tug-of-war event where the large rope is pulled across the banks of the Mississippi. This notable event is not one to miss! It’s been featured on the Discovery Channel, PBS and even a German documentary about the United States.

Tug Fest takes place Saturday August 15, 2015, from 12:30 P.M. to 3 P.M. So, grab the family and travel up or down river to this fantastic event!

One of the largest fireworks displays in the two-state area on Friday night, Aug. 14, sets the tone of excitement for the competition.

In Port Byron, vendors and the carnival start Thursday night at 5 p.m., a Queen pageant, and live music at 7 p.m.; Friday is live music, carnival, and fireworks; Saturday there’s breakfast, 5K, vendors, and more until the big tug. Admission to Port Byron is $3.00 per night for adults and children under 12 are free.  Thursday is free family night.

In LeClaire, vendors and the carnival start Thursday night at 4:30 p.m. and live music at 5 p.m.; Friday the parade is at 6 p.m. before the fireworks; Saturday there’s breakfast, 5K, and more until the big tug. Admission to LeClaire is $5.00 per day for adults and children under 12 are free.

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Katy Williams A life-long Quad Cities resident, Katy is a K-4 ESL Teacher at a local elementary school. She attended St. Ambrose University, graduating in May 2018 with a B.A. in Elementary Education with ESL and Reading concentrations and an English minor. She loves running, traveling, cooking, working with kids, spending time with her fiance and her family and friends, education, and putting a pen to paper. She will be getting married to her fiance, Austin, in May 2019. Her writing credits include the Dispatch-Argus Newspaper, Radish Magazine, Midwest Writing Center and being a writing tutor at SAU.

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