It’s great news for the Iowa Tugfest, not so good for the Illinois side, as due to covid-19 restrictions, Illinois has had to cancel all of their Tugfest activities for 2020.

However, it’s all systems go for Iowa as of now, according to the group’s Facebook page.

They announced late Wednesday night that, “After much discussion, Team Iowa has decided to move forward with Tug Fest 2020! This was a decision that we did not take lightly but in the end, we felt that our Community needed and deserved to have at least a little part of our summer be somewhat “normal”. With that being said, we realize that there are still restrictions in place on both sides of the river, so our event will need to be modified.

“Sadly, because of the virus restrictions, our carnival will not be joining us this year BUT we are working very hard to put together other fun activities for the kiddos. The carnival team says that they miss all of our smiling faces and they will see us again in 2021!
You will be happy to know that our modified plan still includes the Grand parade, live entertainment and bags tournament, although the race and fireworks are still up in the air (pun intended lol).

“We realize that this year’s event is going to be different than what you are used to but we hope that you will still join us to celebrate the 34th Annual Tug Fest, August 13th – 15th.

“Thank you for your patience while we made this most difficult decision. Should we be forced to change our plans further, we will be sure to keep you updated via this page.

“God willing we will be back to “normal” in 2021!”

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