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LeClaire, Iowa Festival

EST 1987
TugFest is a 3 day Festival including a Carnival with live music, food vendors, and beer tent situated along our beutiful levy, a Grand Parade through town, 5k race, bags tournament, one of the largest fireworks shows in the region, and finally a tug-of-war competition across the longest river in the United States of America.

2024 theme: “Stars & Stripes salute to America”


Ten 20-member tug teams pull a 2,700 ft, 680 lb rope spanning the mighty Mississippi River between LeClaire, Iowa and Port Byron, Illinois

August 8-10, 2024

Thursday – Wristband night at the Carnival
Friday – Grand Parade followed by Fireworks
Saturday – “The Tug” LeClaire vs Port Byron

The carnival spans over 3 city blocks, with breathtaking views right along the banks of our historic Mississippi River downtown


If you’re looking to be a part of TugFest as a participant, sponsor, vendor, or volunteer tap the link below for registration/information forms or to contact our team.

Our fireworks are shot off of a barge in the middle of the river resulting in one of the biggest and best shows in the Quad Cities area

“Tug for a Cause”

TugFest is a non-profit event celebrating our riverfront community. All proceeds go towards the next event and left overs are donated to other local community organizations including one main beneficiary each year. 

Over 100 volunteers help each year to make TugFest a unique and exciting experience for all ages


…to our community, sponsors, vendors, volunteers, first responders. To everyone that has supported TugFest through the years and kept one of the best traditions in this area alive for decades… Thank You!