Saturday, June 30, 2018

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

We will hold two tugs:
Community - anyone over 18 can pull (bring your gloves)
Paddlers - 40 Dragon Boat paddlers

Paddler tug will win the trophy!

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:

Saturday, June 30, 2018

Schedule of Events


  • 9:00 am Booths & Activities Open
  • 9:30 am Darcy & Friends Music
  • 9:45 am Dragon Boat Teams Line Up 
  • 10:00 am Parade of Teams & Opening Ceremonies
  • 10:30 am Dragon Boat Races Begin
  • 11:00 am Sloughgrass Take the Stage
  • Noon Racing Break
  • 12:45 pm Cancer Memorial Flower Ceremony
  • 1:00 pm Tug of Wars
  • 1:30 pm Dragon Boat Race Finals
  • 2:30 pm Dragon Boat Water Tug (on Canadian side)
  • 3:00 pm Closing Award Ceremony
  • 3:00 pm Knights of Columbus Music

Previous Tugs


No winner - The 2014 Peace Pull was cancelled due to Rainy River flooding.


Winner: Team U.S.A.


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

Thank you Tara from SHIP!

SHIP will man the OBSTACLE COURSE provided by the International Falls Police Department

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

Escape Room ....

Come find out what all the hype is about!

Miscellaneous ...

Fairchild Concessions, Domino's Pizza, County Market Cupcakes, Backus Community Center will be providing concessions throughout the day