Tugfest is coming

Hey, get in the groove….



Illinois wins Tugfest, they lead the series

My loyalties are divided.  I grew up in Moline, Illinois, went to college at the University of Illinois in ChampaignUrbana and law school at Northwestern in Chicago.  I work in Illinois, but since 1980 have been living in Iowa.

So Illinois won our tugging of war last weekend and now has a good lead in the series.  Here are some links:


We took our boat out on the river to see the fireworks.  We had to move after the fireworks barge docked right next to us in the channel.  So we went down stream to tie up with our neighbors and got a loose boat fender stuck in our prop.  It was hard to get an anchor to lodge in the river bed.  And we had to hug the Illinois side because right in front of Leclaire the river is over 50 feet deep and our rope anchor does not have that long of a rope.  We got loose and started heading towards the burger boat.  But the fireworks were great.  I took some pictures, but I don’t think they turned out so well.

Countdown to tugfest

There is a rivalry between Leclaire, IA and Port Byron, IL.  We have a rope tug of war across the river every year.  Well, the weekend is coming up.  See this link:


Place your bets.  Who wins, Iowa or Illinois?  I have mixed loyalties.  I live in Iowa, work in Illinois and went to college and law school in Illinois. But our best friend works for the University of Iowa.