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tug-of-war-blogAnnapolis’ Tug of War XIX will be held on Saturday, November 5, 2016, in the Eastport neighborhood of Maryland’s capital. Pitting the residents of Annapolis and Eastport against each other, the tug of war is unique because it is an over-the-water endurance event. Teams of not more than 33 tuggers each pull on a special rope stretched over Annapolis Harbor. Teams ready themselves on opposite sides of Spa Creek, the border between greater Annapolis and Eastport, a former township annexed by the city in 1951.

After the competition when either Annapolis or Eastport is declared the victor, there will be a party celebrating with music, dancing, food, and drinks on both sides of Spa Creek. Eastport will host an officially sanctioned chili cook-off that is sure to please hungry tuggers. Proceeds from sponsorships, beverage and food sales, and tugger fees will benefit several local charities. More than $100,000 has been raised by this event since the inaugural Tug of War in 1997. For more information, visit: TUG OF WAR XIX

History (Tongue-in-Cheek)

According to the Maritime Republic of Eastport: “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.

2015 Tug of War

Last year Eastport won by a score of 5 to 2, and the money raised benefited Annapolis Community Boating, Civil Air Patrol, Eastport Elementary School, Seeds 4 Success, Special Olympics Maryland, Annapolis Elementary School, Annapolis Partnership, and the Annapolis Maritime Museum.

A B&B Near Tug of War XIX

Tug of War XIX’s Annapolis side will be at Susan Campbell Park, which is less than a quarter of a mile away from Gibson’s Lodgings, a historic inn located in downtown Annapolis. Be part of this fun event and call us to reserve your bed & breakfast room at our toll free number 877-330-0057. We’ll be very happy to serve you and your family throughout the year.

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