Volunteers needed to keep this bi-state fest tugging along


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Posted Online: April 30, 2013, 2:50 pm
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I have the privilege to be a part of a group of people who give so much of their time to an annual event that brings together a small town of the greater Quad-Cities, and moreover brings together two neighboring states in a family-oriented event.

The Great River Tug Fest happens every year on the second weekend in August and is becoming a world known event.

I have worked with the Tug Fest for many years. The reason for this letter is to ask for the help of the local community to help carry on this wonderful tradition.

It takes more and more volunteers and committee members to pull off this event each year. Some might say, "It's only a festival, it couldn't be that hard."

Well, it would be so much easier on everyone with more volunteers. I won't pull your leg and say it's easy, and there is no pay involved, only the satisfaction of seeing so many people enjoying Port Byron and LeClaire on the Great Mississippi River.

We need caring, hardworking, responsible people to join our Illinois Tug Fest Group. The more the merrier. We have one meeting each month -- it takes a whole year to get everything ready for the next Tug.

We meet at the Port Byron Village Hall at 6:30. Please check us out at tugfest.org, we have contact info there, or call Tammy Knapp at 309-523-2500 or email president@tugfest.org. If you've been to the Tug and would enjoy giving back, we sure could use the help!

Matt Russell,
Port Byron Tug Fest
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