Tug Fest Iowa

What is Tug Fest?

Beginning in 1987, eleven 20-member tug teams pulled with all of their strength on a 2,400 foot, 680 pound rope that spanned the Mississippi River between Port Byron, Illinois and LeClaire, Iowa. Each year since then, the teams have pulled to see who will claim the breath-taking alabaster statue of a Bald Eagle in flight. Over 40,000 people view this spectacular, one of kind tug-of-war across the longest river in the United States every year. Tug Fest has been featured in travel, vacation magazines, television programming across the country and has received international notoriety on “Inside the USA” in Germany, Maximus Films in Germany, The Discovery Channel’s “Wreakreation Nation”, NHK World News out of Japan and most recently on RFD’s “Small Town Big Deal”.

In 2016 we will celebrate our 30th year! Tug Fest is a family weekend event featuring “The Tug”, carnival rides and midway games, a parade, scenic 5K run/walk for all ages, food and craft vendors, and a children’s tug, outstanding live entertainment the entire weekend, one of the largest and most spectacular fireworks displays over the Mississippi River and it's all located on the beautiful riverfront of LeClaire, IA.  Come see why Tug Fest is the only event that the US Coast Guard shuts the Mississippi River down for...it's truly a unique event.  

Tug Fest...BIG town festival...small town hospitality! 

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Latitude: 41.599071 Longitude: -90.343181 Elevation: 584 ft
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Event Dates

8/11/2016 – 8/13/2016

Admission Fee (if any)

$5 per day (Children under 12 FREE all weekend)

Ages Festival is Appropriate For


Accessibility Notes

Our levee is paved and handicapped accessible

Pet Friendly Notes

Service animals only please


Just watched on Small Town/Big Deal. Congrats!!!! Being from a small town in Wisconsin and now living in South Carolina, watching the event brought back many good memories. Go Tuggers!

RoxAnn, 10/18/2015

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