Tug of War

Tug of War XVII

Saturday, November 8, 2014
crack o'noon

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The Tug of War is an over-the-water endurance event with teams of no more than 33 tuggers on each side pulling on a specially made rope that is extended over the Annapolis Harbor in as many as seven heats or tugs. The teams set up on opposite sides of Spa Creek (aka The Gulf of Eastport): In Eastport on Second Street, next to the Chart House restaurant, and on the Annapolis side, at Susan Campbell Park at City Dock.

After the tugs are over and the winnning side is declared, it's party time with music, dancing, food, and drinks on both sides. And, on the Eastport side, there will be an officially sanctioned chili cookoff.

Proceeds from sponsorship, sale of beverages and food, and tugger fees will benefit a number of local charities. Over $100,000 has been raised since the Tug began!

The worthy opposition, the City of Annapolis, is being organized by MainStreets Annapolis.

Volunteer on the Eastport Side



Vendors & Food Vendors

To sign up for a vendor table at the Tug or to be a food vendor, click below.

non-food vendor sign up   food vendor sign-up



If you're interested in tugging, you can join a team on the spot,, starting at 10 a.m. It costs $25 and that will get you a limited edition Tugger T-Shirt and the opportunity to do one of the hardest things you'll ever do for somewhere between 30 seconds and three minutes! Remember all the funds raised benefit local charities!

tugger sign up

Final Tug Line-up will be announced in the next few weeks.

crack o'noon
4th Street Bars
Dowtown Bars
Dome Chatering
Severn Bank
Annapolis Neck Firefighters
PG Firefighters/Warrior Event
Annapolis Sailors Club
Karen's Army
MRE Homeland Security
Annapolis Police Department


Food & Drink

In addition to tugging, the event will feature great food, drink and music.

Vendors are still being lined up, but are sure to include:
Mt. Zion United Methodist Church Fish Fry
chili cookoffMason-Dixon PodCASI Chili Cookoff Voting Samples

The Mason-Dixon Pod of the Chili Appreciation Society International will have a chili cook-off on the Eastport side during the tugs. Come taste and enjoy! More info to come.



Want to Volunteer to help and have a blast too on the Eastport side? Watch this site for on-line sign up -- coming soon! Jobs will incude shifts as ticket seller, beer pourer, recycling duty, and lots more.



  Eastport Bands   Annapolis Bands
10:45-11:00 Eastport Elementary School Band 10:45 - 11:45 Chasing Verity
11:00-11:45 A Hoodoo Few    
noon - 1:15 Eastport Oyster Boys
between tugs
noon - 1:00 Aural Disturbance
1:30 - 2:15 The Mack II Band 1:15 - 2:15 Bumpin Uglies
2:30 - 3:15 Sweet Leda 2:30 - 3:30 Tropidelica
3:30 - 4:15 Dean Rosenthal    


Benefitting Charities

Anna;polis Community Boating • Annapolis Elementary School • Annapolis Green • Civil Air Patrol
Eastport Elementary School • MainStreets Annapolis • Special Olympics Maryland • Save the Coconuts
Seeds 4 Success • The Bernie House • We Care & Friends


Other Info

  • An ATM will be availble on the Eastport side... so you can buy all the beverages you need.
  • Porta-Potties will be available.
  • Parking is on the street in Eastport. Please be considerate of the neighbors.
  • The two tug locations are an easy 15-minute walk apart.
  • The Watermark water taxi will run from 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. | Water taxi info.
  • MRE merchandise, including flags, clothing and more will be available for sale during the tug.





Greening the Tug of War

Tug organizers wish to leave the smallest environmental footprint possible while still having fun for a good cause! Please help us by recycling and reusing your beverage cups. We've made it easy. Look for our eco-stations.

Recycling provided by Annapolis Green
with sponsorship from K&B True Value Hardware and GreenLife Chiropractic & Wellness


Read about previous Tugs
20132012 2011 2010 2009

About the Tug
and The Maritime Republic of Eastport (MRE*)

Billed as the longest International** Tug of War over water in the world , The Tug of War was originally conceived by the residents of Eastport in 1997 when the City of Annapolis used the excuse of a "public works project" to close the Spa Creek bridge that leads to Eastport from Annapolis. This unprovoked act of aggression on the part of the City of Annapolis had the effect of cutting off Eastport residents and businesses from the rest of the city. The somewhat fractious citizens of Eastport, feeling the sting of rejection by The City and, perhaps, somewhat emboldened by the generous pouring habits of a local bartender, decided to declare war against The City of Annapolis and secede. Thus, to the rallying cries of " Up The Republic," the micro-nation known as The Maritime Republic of Eastport was born.

In the ensuing years, although the Spa Creek Bridge has since re-opened, the once persecuted citizens of Eastport (Eastport-O-Ricans) have yearly declared a symbolic War of Independence against The City of Annapolis lest anyone forget this dark period of Annapolis-Eastport relations. The Tug of War, a celebration of the geographical and, some would argue, philosophical differences between Eastport and Annapolis, is a not-to-be missed maritime event unlike any other.

*The MRE is a registered 501(c)3 organization. All funds raised by the Tug and other MRE events are distributed to various charitable organizations in the Annapolis area. To date, over $500,000.00 has been raised.

**While other cities may claim to host a longer Tug, this is the only international Tug competition over water in the world. To read more about the history of The Maritime Republic of Eastport please visit here.

History of the Tug of War

Tug 2010

Tug 2009

Tug 2008

Tug 2007

Tug 2006

Tug 2005

Tug 2004

Tug 2003

Tug 2002

Tug 2001

Tug 2000

Tug 1999

We're working to complete our archive of past Tugs of War. Have any photos you want to share? Contact us.