Tugfest Board

We would like to Welcome you to Tugfest. We work hard to provide you with great entertainment and fun on the LeClaire levee. Enjoy in the fun and festivities. If you have any questions please contact us. Go Team IOWA!!

Kari Long


Matt Thoene

Vice President

Barry Long


Liz Comp


Chad Christy

Head Tug Master

To Request a donation from Tugfest.  Please submit the form below,  It will be reviewed  and the committee will approve and contact  those chosen.  If you don’t get selected this year please apply for next year.

Donation Form

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If you would like to help Out at TUGFEST click on link below.  or

Greatest Tug across the Mississippi!


What is Tug Fest all about?

It began in 1987, with ten 20-member tug teams pulling with all of their strength on a 2,400 foot, 680 pound rope that spans the Mississippi River between Port Byron, Illinois and LeClaire, Iowa. 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.
Come and celebrate our 30th year in 2016. Friday night will also feature one of the largest and most spectacular fireworks display over the Mississippi and two-state area on Friday evening. Tug Fest is a family week-end event filled with live entertainment, a huge parade, scenic 5K run/walk for adults and children, Carnival Rides and amusements, food, craft vendors, children’s tug, and the TUG – Iowa against Illinois, all on the beautiful LeClaire, IA and Port Byron, IL river fronts. To top it all off, we’re bringing in outstanding Live bands Thursday, Friday and Saturday night.
Tug Fest, a non-profit corporation, is totally organized by volunteers and relies on support from our community and local businesses to make this event happen. Tug Fest benefits local organizations and charities such as; cub scouts, boy scouts, girl scouts, youth baseball programs, lions clubs, park & recreations, volunteer fire department, chamber of commerce, Buffalo Bill Museum, Scott County Sheriff’s department and local charities of choice. Visit our sponsor page for sponsorship opportunities.

This Years Tug for a Cause! University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital

Mission Statement

“To provide resources to assist in the rebuilding of the lives of surviving families

Come down to the Levee and join in the fun!