For the past 20 years, the two states have been duking it out in a Great River Tug Fest, where 11 teams per state, of 20 people each play tug-o-war over the Mississippi River.
This years event begins Thursday (Aug. 10) and the teams will pull a 2,400-foot, 680-pound rope that stretches between Iowa and Illinois, over the river, for three minutes. The state with the most feet in rope after all 11 tugs-o-war wins the event.
As event spokeswoman Tammy Mumma puts it, This event is a huge deal for Iowa and Illinois. Everyone wants to win the coveted Alabaster Eagle In-Flight Trophy.
This year, Illinois will have to put on their game-faces, since Iowa holds the Tug Fest title and trophy.
In Mummas words, The record is Iowa, 10 and Illinois, 9, and Illinois wants the Alabaster Eagle back badly.
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