Illinois wins TugFest 2018

PORT BYRON, Ill. - Illinois has won the 32nd annual tug-of-war between Port Byron, Illinois, and LeClaire, Iowa.

Illinois won TugFest last year as well.

22 teams of men and women represented both sides of the river.

They pulled a rope across the Mississippi - that's 1,600 feet from bank to bank. 

It was a highly-contested battle with Illinois winning 8 of the 11 matchups, today. 

That brings Illinois' total wins to 21 over the decades. Iowa has 11.

'Larson Pump' team captain Tony McKeag told Local 4 News, "We prepare for this every day of our life. This is what we do. This is our agriculture team. We do it every day. It's nothing different. You just go out there and give it everything you got."

Hundreds of fans packed both sides of the river.

One fan who's been going to the TugFest for 10 years straight told Local 4 News, she loves seeing the friendly people, and says there's nothing else like it.

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