This is one of the coolest ideas I have ever heard about - two teams of two dozen people tugging on either end of a rope strung across the Mississippi River.

Tug Fest takes place between LeClaire, Iowa and Port Byron, Illinois for the 32nd time this weekend.

The event kicks off Thursday with a carnival. The tug begins Saturday at noon pitting Iowa teams against Illinois teams.

For the record, according to our friends at, Illinois holds the all-time series 20-11, winning nine of the last ten years

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