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Motel 6 is doing a summer promotion called Across the US with Motel 6. They, along with Tom Bodett (“We’ll leave the light on for you!), have picked America’s Top 6 Quirkiest Summer Festivals. Tug Fest (as a whole) was chosen as one of the winning festivals.
August 11th – 13th
Tugfest Tug of War across the Mississippi River.
The Tug is a lot of Excitement and challenge for LeClaire against Port Byron. It began in 1987, with ten 20-member tug teams pulling with all of their strength on a 2,700 foot, 680 pound 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.
New This Year Arm Wrestling
Mens, Women and Kids Teams 3 Person Teams
Cash and Prize Payouts
Bring rides and fun to the levy over looking the Mississippi river. .
Levee in LeClaire, IA