Port Byron, Illinois: Tug Fest - East Side of Mississippi River Tug-of-war

Unique competition pits two states on opposite banks of the Mississippi River against each other in an annual tug-of-war. Illinois currently leads Iowa 18 to 11.
Address:
Cherry St., Port Byron, IL
Directions:
Just north of where I-80 crosses the Mississippi River. The rope crosses the river at the town docks on Cherry St.
Hours:
Once a year in mid-August.
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Tug Fest - East Side of Mississippi River Tug-of-war

You need to visit while it's happening. Otherwise it's just another spot on the river.

[Mary, 07/31/2016]

In 2016 the big event is Saturday Aug 13, 12-3. "No coolers, pets, or weapons allowed at Tug Fest"

Tug Fest - East Side of Mississippi River Tug-of-war

Every year, as part of a weekend-long street fair, the good folks of Port Byron, Illinois and LeClaire, Iowa, throw a big rope across the Mississippi River and have a tug-of-war between the two states. TugFest takes place in mid-August.

[Chuck King, 06/26/2001]

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