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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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 9th – 11th

  • 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.



Tug for a Cause:

 Iowa C.O.P.S

Honoring our fallen officers by providing support for the survivors left behind

August 9th – 11th

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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