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One of the "Quirkiest" is Right Here

Tug Fest Iowa

Now in its 30th year, a Quad Cities summer event has won some national recognition. Tug Fest in LeClaire and Port Byron has been listed by Motel 6 as one of "America's Top 6 Quirkiest Summer Festivals."

The festival kicked off Thursday night and runs through Saturday with live music, carnival rides, food, a parade, and fireworks. But the main event will be held Saturday afternoon when teams "face off" across the Mississippi River between the two towns for the annual tug of war.

Barge and boat traffic will stop for two hours, beginning at 12:30, and a 24-hundred foot rope will be stretched from LeClaire to Port Byron. Eleven teams will compete on each side of the river. 

The other quirky summer events, as listed by Motel 6, include the Duck Tape Festival in Avon Ohio, Gilroy Garlic Festival in California, and the annual Bat Fest in Austin Texas.

A native of Detroit, Herb Trix began his radio career as a country-western disc jockey in Roswell, New Mexico (“KRSY, your superkicker in the Pecos Valley”), in 1978. After a stint at an oldies station in Topeka, Kansas (imagine getting paid to play “Louie Louie” and “Great Balls of Fire”), he wormed his way into news, first in Topeka, and then in Freeport Illinois.