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.

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Trolley Routes

Three Trolleys running this weekend.  Black Boom Boom Bus, Pink Bus, and the Trolley.

Stops include Comfort Inn, Super 8,  Le Claire Baptist Church,  8th and Jones.
They run Continuous loops.  If you need a ride flag them down and they will pick you up.  Drop off Zones are in front of MindFire and Jones/Cody Road.

New Tugfest TShirts.

On Sale Now at Slagles, Mother Hubbards, and Shell in LeClaire.
$2 from every shirt sale goes to IA C.O.P.S

Tugfest is August 8th – 10th


Parade packet pick up/parade registration is this Friday August 9th. Bridgeview Elementary. 4:45pm to 5:45pm.

  • Fireworks
  • Levee at Night
  • kid Tuggers
  • Band
  • Tug Pit
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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 8th – 10th

Arm Wrestling

Mens, Women and Kids by Weight Class

Cash and Prize Payouts


Bring rides and fun to the levy over looking the Mississippi river. .

Tuggers per Team


Feet of Rope



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