Tuesday, August 8, 2006

Tug-O-War Over The Mississippi River Has Two States Vying For Bragging Rights

LE CLAIRE, Iowa (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – Tug-O-War may seem like all fun and games, but it’s official state business for folks in Port Byron, Illinois, and LeClaire, Iowa.

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 year’s 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 Mumma’s words, “The record is Iowa, 10 and Illinois, 9, and Illinois wants the Alabaster Eagle back badly.”

(Contact numbers available only to subscribing media or trial media users. You can request samples at the Wireless Flash web site.)
Copyright © 2006 Wireless Flash News Inc. All rights reserved. Wireless Flash® and FlashNews® are registered trademarks of Wireless Flash News Inc.