2013 Tugfest: Will LeClaire Start a Comeback Against Port Byron?

August  09, 2013

Braggin' rights for strength, endurance, and teamwork will be on the line this weekend at the 27th Annual "Great River Tugfest." It started last night in LeClaire, Iowa and Port Byron, Illinois.  

Tonight's activities include the "Rumble on the River" fireworks show, a parade, pageant, and lumberjack shows. After a 5-K run tomorrow morning, teams will anchor themselves on opposite sides of the Mississippi River for the official tug of war.

The two towns began the competition in 1987, after a a resident went to a tug of war in Michigan and brought the idea to the Quad Cities. Experts called "tugmasters" load a very heavy, 27-hundred-foot rope onto a boat, and ferry one end to the other side of the river. And they synchronize the tug with a special clock. 

Port Byron has won 16 tugs, while Leclaire has won 10.

Tomorrow's tugs of war will be held at from noon to 3 p.m. with a children's tug at 11:30 a.m.  Information about activities and shuttles is available for Port Byron at Tugfest.org and for LeClaire at Tugfest.com.