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Saturday, November 7, at the Crack of Noon

We Won!

We gave away over $10,000. Read about the funds distribution.






Eastport "Bars" - WINNER   Federal House Restaurant
1 min. 56 sec.

Annapolis and Anne Arundel County Fire Departments - WINNER

  Annapolis Police and Acme Bar & Grill
1 min. 37 sec.
Eastport Business Association - WINNER   Annapolis Downtown Partnership
45 sec.
Compass Marketing & The Rockfish   Stan & Joe's Saloon - WINNER
2 min. 11 sec.
Performance Cruising - WINNER   South Riverkeeper
57 sec.
BB&T Bank - WINNER   Annapolis Jaycees
12 sec.

See the article about our Glorious Victory in The Capital

See The Capital's Slide Show

Photos provided by Eye on Annapolis

Photos of the Annapolis Side

declaration of war

news from the War Room  •  press release  •  map & directions

Wanna see what it's all about?

Watch the video
from Tug of War IX in 2006

The SailingChannel
and Annapolis Wireless
teamed up to provide live Internet streaming of the Tug!

annapolis wireless

tug 2009 girlOn November 7 the Maritime Republic of Eastport proved victorious over the oppressors of Annapolis as it held the 12th Annual Tug of War and Tugfest on Second Street between Severn Avenue and Back Creek and at Susan C. Campbell Park (City Dock) in downtown Annapolis. The friendly rivalry was an all-inclusive family fun-fest, benefits local organizations including:

SPCA of Anne Arundel County
Civil Air Patrol
Eastport Elementary School’s Reading is Fundamental Program
Colonial Nursery School Community Playground
Light House Shelter

It featured a Tug of War across Spa Creek to City Dock, and on the Eastport side, live music from local bands including the Eastport Elementary School band, great food and beverages. There was a children’s area with a moon bounce, face painters, art and crafts stations and more on the Eastport side. | Map & Directions

wrnrRockin' local radio station WRNR personalities Alex and Rob were on both sides of the Gulf of Eastport calling the action throughout the day's competitions. And if you're reading this from somewhere in the world outside of Eastport, you could have seen all the action LIVE online thanks to TheSailingChannel and Annapolis Wireless!

On the Annapolis side: The City of Annapolis and the Downtown Annapolis Partnership organized some great activities to create a family-friendly atmosphere for Tuggers and their cheerleaders from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Revelers were then invited to come on over to the Eastport side for the Tugfest, on Second Street between Severn Avenue and Back Creek.

ecruisers llcE-Cruisers proivided free rides on their cool electric vehicles and some folks just walked across the bridge to the party.!

Preview: Slaughter Across The Water from Jon Salvia on Vimeo.

On the Eastport side: .As with all things MRE, the goal of the Tug of War and Tugfest is to celebrate the unique community that is Eastport – its people, its business and its maritime heritage, and ... to have some neighborly, competitive fun with our brethren across the harbor.

polar bear plungeThe Tugfest included adult and non-alcoholic beverages offered for sale thanks to Buck Distributing and Travelin 'Taverns. Tasty food was offered by Harbour Deli and our special guest provisioner, It's the Pits BBQ. For all the families attending, we had the first ever (for the Tugfest) The Maryland Special Olympics' MSP Polar Bear Plunge Family Fun Zone. | poster

And we'll had live music thanks to these musicians who donated their time and talent!

  • Eastport Elementary School Band
  • The Tiki Barbarians with Jefferson Holland
  • Sunny Isle Blues Band
  • Sweet Leda
  • Dean Rosenthal

Get Involved!

You can join in the fun next year by joining a tug team, signing up without a team (although you will tug as part of one; each tug team will have from 20-30 tuggers), volunteering to help, being a sponsor, or just coming out to cheer.

2009 Information for Tuggers

2009 Tug Sponsorship Information - or call 410 267-8796

If you are a neighbor in Eastport and wonder what will happen that Saturday, read this: Letter to our Eastport Neighbors

Our Sponsors

city of annapolis downtown annapolis partnership davis' pub eastport business association annapolis wireless wrnr sir speedy annapolis eCruisers, LLC federal house bar & grille buck distributing the sailing channel msp polar bear plunge compass marketing performance cruising bags by mimi boatyard bar and grill stellar presentations bbt
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Read about last year's tug