LeClaire Iowa | Tug-of-War Festival | Aug. 8 – 10
MAIN EVENT:
TUG OF WAR
12:30pm SAT. AUG 10
EST. 1987 – LeClaire, Iowa vs Port Byron, Illinois: Watch as 10 x 20-member tug teams pull 2,700ft and 680lb of rope spanning the Mississippi River. Each year the teams compete to see who will claim the travelling 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 U.S.A.
ALL WEEKEND:
CARNIVAL
STARTING THU. AUG. 8
Enjoy the views from the LeClaire Levee while taking in the Rides, Games, Live Music, Food Vendors and more. Most importanly, remember to join us for some of the best Fireworks the Quad Cities region has to offer Friday night at approximately 9:30pm. Admission is Free Thursday and $5 FRI. and SAT. (under 12 is FREE!)
1 mile Fun Run +
5K Tug Run
8:30am SAT. AUG 10
Participants receive a special Tug Run shirt and FREE Sat. admission to Tugfest. Challenging Course on paved roads with water on-course and food and refreshments after the race. Awards for Top Finishers (male and female) for 13 separate age divisions. 1 mile Walk/Run $15 admission. 5k Tug Run $25 early registration until 8/7 11:59 CST.
HISTORIC LECLAIRE
GRAND PARADE
6pm FRI. AUG. 9
IOWA PROUD! is this year’s theme. Bring the whole family to cheer on our parade participants as they make their way through the heart of LeClaire. We might be a small town but everything about TUGFEST weekend is larger than life…including our Grand Parade. From there it’s just a few blocks down to the riverfront Carnival for rides and fireworks.
TUG for a CAUSE
TUGFEST wouldn’t be possible without your support. Proceeds from the festival go directly towards getting the next year’s festival started. Extra proceeds are directed towards various charitable causes. Over past years we have donated 10’s of thousands of dollars to organizations such as…
UI Childrens Hospitalcut

UNIVERSITY of IOWA
STEAD FAMILY CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL
THIS YEAR the now famous “IOWA WAVE” made it all the way to the LeClaire riverfront. We will be donating $2 from every Tugfest T-shirt sale to the University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital.
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