Two states. One river. The only sporting event that closes the Mighty Mississippi down. It’s time for Tug Fest!

The 33rd Annual Tug Fest is happening in Port Byron, Illinois and LeClaire, Iowa this weekend! Thursday Aug 8 through Saturday Aug 10 each of the two cities will have a plethora of family-friendly activities planned. On Saturday, the nationally famous bi-state Tug-of-War will take place!Tug Fest Back and Better Than Ever!

It began in 1987, with ten 20-member tug teams pulling with all of their strength on a 2,700-foot, 680 lb. rope that spans the Mississippi River between LeClaire, Iowa and Port Byron, Illinois. Each year the teams pull to see who will claim the breath-taking alabaster statue of a Bald Eagle in flight. Over 35,000 people view this spectacular and only tug-of-war across the longest river in the United States. Tug Fest has been featured in travel, vacation magazines, television programming across the country and has received international notoriety on Germany’s “Inside the USA”, “Galileo XXL”,The Montel Williams Show, Discovery Channel’s “Wreakreation Nation”  and PBS television.

Port Byron will celebrate the 33rd Annual Great River Tug Fest with a carnival, live music, vendors, fireworks and more! For a full schedule of activities, go to

LeClaire, not to be outdone, will also provide a carnival, live music, vendors, parade, fireworks and more! For a full list of activities on the Iowa side, visit

This is not only a competition of .org versus .com. Saturday is the big day when each town will compete for the bragging rights and alabaster statue. The big tug takes place from 12:30 – 2:30 p.m. The current standings are Port Byron in the lead with 21 (last year’s champs) wins and LeClaire 11 wins. Who will become the victor for 2019?

You can also find more information and deals on each town’s Facebook pages for Port Byron ( and LeClaire (

Don’t miss this 3-day celebration!

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Tess Abney was born and raised in the Quad Cities. Her passion for writing and entertainment was apparent at a very young age. Whether it is sharing local events and businesses with readers or sharing her thoughts on life, she finds comfort in the way words can bring people together.
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