29th Annual Tug Fest Competition
It's Iowa versus Illinois, in the biggest tug-of-war competition of the year. Tomorrow is the 29th annual Tug Fest in LeClaire, Iowa and Port Byron, Illinois.
Both sides of the Mississippi River are preparing their strongest residents for the tug-of-war competition. The river between the two towns will be closed to barge traffic, while a 24-hundred foot long, 680 pound, rope stretches across it.
Eleven teams on each side will try to pull the most feet of rope within three minutes. The town with the most winning teams receives an "Alabaster Eagle in Flight" trophy.
Illinois currently leads the competition, with 17 winning years, over Iowa's 11. Tug Fest is the only tug-of-war event in the country that spans two states and crosses the Mississippi River.
There will be a parade and fireworks display today. The weekend also includes live bands, carnival rides, food, and a 5K run.
Tomorrow, Tug Fest is from 12:30 until 3:30 pm. Admission to the LeClaire Levee is 5-dollars today and tomorrow.