Le Claire, Iowa
Annual Tug Fest


What is the Tug Fest all about?
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The first Great River Tug took place in 1987 with ten 20-member tug teams pulling with all of their strength on the 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 breathtaking alabaster statue of the Bald Eagle in flight. Thousands of people come from all over to view this spectacular and only tug-of-war across the longest river in the United States. LeClaire won the Tug Fest in 1998 and received the "Iowa Event of the Year" Award for being one of the most outstanding festivals in the State of Iowa. In 1999 Iowa won the Tourism Special Event of the Year Award.

One of the largest fireworks displays in the two-state area the night before sets the tone of excitement for the competition. Tug Fest is a family weekend event filled with spectacular carnival rides and amusements, live entertainment all weekend, a huge parade, scenic 5k run/walk for adults and children, food, arts and craft vendors, children's games and activities including a child's tug-of-war on the LeClaire Riverfront.

One of the largest fireworks displays in the two-state area the night before sets the tone of excitement for the competition. Tug Fest is a family weekend event filled with spectacular carnival rides and amusements, live entertainment all weekend, a huge parade, scenic 5k run/walk for adults and children, food, arts and craft vendors, children's games and activities including a child's tug-of-war and Mayoral Tug-of-war all on the LeClaire Riverfront.Schedule - 2005

Pictures from 2004 Tug Fest
(Click on picture for slideshow)

 

















 

For applications, registrations and complete info visit:
WWW.TUGFEST.COM

Schedule - 2005
Thursday, August 11, 2005
6 - 11 PM Carnival on the LeClaire Levee
Wrist Band Night - One Price for All Rides 6 - 11 PM
6:30 - 8:30 PM Sheltered Reality (Stage-North End)
Friday, August 12, 2005
4:00 PM Carnival on the Levee, Food & Craft Vendors, Beer & Wine Garden, Mechanical Bull, Rock Wall
5:00 PM Community Tailgate Party - LeClaire Baptist Church,
(1326 Wisconsin)
6:30 PM Grand Parade - NEW ROUTE
Welcome Center Drive to 2nd Street
Rain Date - 8/13 10:00 AM
7:00 PM VIP Sponsor Party (Civic Center - south end)
Bingo (south end)
Live Music - Corporate Rock
Live Music - Hap Hazard
9:30 PM Greatest Fireworks Display over the Mississippi
10:00 PM Live Music by Hap Hazard
12:00 AM Thanks for coming and we'll see you tomorrow!
Saturday, August 13, 2005
7:00 AM Civic Club Pancake Breakfast (Civic Center)
8:00 AM Tug 5K Run/Walk - All Ages (Slagle's Food Pride)
9:00 AM Tug Team Registration
10:00 AM Carnival on the Levee, Food & Craft Vendors, Beer & Wine Garden, Bingo, Mechanical Bull, Rock Wall
11:00 AM Children's Tug (North End near tug pit)
12:00 PM Q106.5 Live Remote
Tug Team Photos

1:00 PM The Tug - LeClaire VS Port Byron
(Tug Pit)

3:00 PM Awards Ceremony - Tug Teams
3:30 PM Cindy's Karaoke
5:00 PM LIVE MUSIC - FAREWELL CADENCE
6:00 PM LIVE MUSIC - SPIKE BAND
8:00 PM LIVE MUSIC - FUNKTASTIC FIVE BAND
12:00 AM Thank you! See you next year!

Admission only: $2 per person / Children under 12 FREE
Please note: Coolers, bikes, dogs and skateboards will not be permitted!
Firework Donations greatly appreciated! Information subject to change.


Tug Fest special room rates at Heartland Inn Bettendorf while rooms last
1-800-334-3277 or 563-355-6336

Directions from Moline Airport

FREE SHUTTLE BUSSING AVAILABLE
Date Bus Times Parking Location
Friday 8/12 5 - 11 PM Parade shuttle - Welcome Center Drive
Pleasant Valley Junior High School
Saturday 8/13 12 PM - 8 PM Pleasant Valley Junior High School
Bus runs every half hour on the half hour from parking locations. Stops: Welcome Center Drive, Civic Center, 8th & Wisconsin, 14th & Wisconsin and PV Jr. High School. Last pick-up Civic Center approximately 1/2 hour before times listed above.
Handicapped Parking available at LeClaire Civic Center
Proceeds from LeClaire Tug Fest benefit community organizations.

For complete info visit:
WWW.TUGFEST.com

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