Thank you to all who attended the 2018 event!

On the shores of Rainy River


We will string a 1,200 foot rope across Rainy River and pull!  
Why do we do this?  Because we can!  
This is a unique opportunity for people from all over to come to International Falls and Fort Frances to participate in a friendly game of tug of war across international waters.  Enjoy the beautiful scenery Rainy Lake has to offer two countries - Canada and the United States!

International Tug of War


One community pull was held June 30, 2018 with Team USA winning

International Dragon Boat & Tug of War Festival


Backus Community Center is hosting this fun community event! 

Booths will include:

  • Backus Community Center Welcome Booth
  • Gearhart Floral & Gifts Flower Cart
  • Hollie Bahr - massage therapist
  • County Market Cupcake Booth
  • Fairchild Concessions
  • Domino's Pizza

About our location



International Falls is a 5 hour drive from Minneapolis/St Paul

Fort Frances is a 5 hour drive from Winnipeg

For flight information, visit:

For lodging, visit:

Previous Tugs



Winner:  Team USA

2013 / 2014

Winner: Team U.S.A.

2014 No winner - cancelled due to Rainy River flooding. 


No winner - The 2012 Pulling for Peace tug of war was cancelled at the exact moment the teams were to line up to pull due to a freak storm that blew in on the event.


Winner: Team Canada


Winner: Team U.S.A.

2006 and 2007

Winner: Team Canada

This event is brought to you by...

YOUR local community center


900 5th Street, Int'l Falls  (218) 285-7225
Improving the community one event
and project at a time.

Rainy Lake Houseboats


2031 County Road 102
International Falls MN 56649

Coca-Cola Bottling


1300 Industrial Avenue
International Falls MN 56649
(218) 283-3221

Falls Motel

Owners:  Kelly & Terry Blome

2101 2nd Avenue
International Falls MN 56649
(218) 283-8434

Northern Lumber


300 7th Street
International Falls MN  56649
(218) 283-2595

Thanks to our partner!


Thank you to the Boundary Waters Dragon Boat Club for partnering with us to bring dragon boat racing to the US side of Rainy River!

Additional Sponsors, Contributors, Participants

City of International Falls


Thank you to the City for allowing us to use their beautiful venue on the shores of Rainy River, providing picnic tables and porta potties

The Workshop

Kari and Jenna will have boxing demonstrations and an obstacle course to get you moving!

Thank you CWAC


Community Action Wellness Council will provide yard games

Thank you Minnesota Industries


For supplying gloves for the tug of war!

Minnesota Industries:  Industrial equipment supplier in International Falls, Minnesota located at 2124 2nd Avenue.  (218) 283-8157

Escape Room ....


Come find out what all the hype is about!  
$2 per person, have fun with your friends!

Thank you Caleb Silvers for creating the game!

Thank you Hardees!


The Escape Room is sponsored by Hardees.  
Solve the puzzles, get a prize!