Destination of the Day: Tugfest

It's Tugfest time again this weekend, so, if you are anywhere within a couple hundred miles of Le Claire, Iowa or Port Byron, Illinois, you should detour to check out this wacky event. After all, when was the last time you saw a tug-of-war competition that spanned the Mississippi River? For more about Le Claire,

By |August 6th, 2012|Destination of the Day|0 Comments

Destination of the Day: It’s On the River

Patio view from It's On the River; Port Byron, IL One of the pleasures of summer is enjoying a meal outside, preferably next to the river and, even better, one where someone else does all the work. It's On the River in Port Byron (Illinois) will take care of you on all fronts. Grab

By |July 9th, 2012|Destination of the Day|2 Comments

Port Byron

Population (2010) 1,647 Introduction Port Byron is perhaps best known as the town that competes against Le Claire, Iowa in the annual TugFest, but it is also a popular place to grab a bite to eat or a drink at one of the establishments along Main Street. Visitor Information If you have questions about Port

By |October 8th, 2009|Illinois|2 Comments

Illinois’ Great River Road

Views of the Mississippi River region from Illinois.

By |October 29th, 2007|Of Places|0 Comments


Hi, y'all. I've been hitting the festival circuit the last couple of weekends and thought I would share the joy. Here is a summary of three of the best ones. TugFest Tug Fest is brilliant. I just can’t help thinking that the whole thing started as a bet after a few drinks. “Hey, I could

By |August 26th, 2007|Blogging the Great River Road|1 Comment

Tug Fest

Two thousand feet of rope across the Mississippi River + teams of 20 tuggers = one good time.

By |August 11th, 2007|Of Festivals|0 Comments