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Pulling for Peace International Tug of War USA Vs Canada

Jul 2nd 2011 at 3:45 PM

Pulling for Peace International Tug of War Saturday, July 2 2011

The two countries Canada and USA have a little fun together.
We have a Tug of War in our Community between the two countries

Pulling for Peace Tug of War is a fun competition, where a 1,200 foot rope is strung across the river for the pull.  When One Side lets go the Other Side is the winner
This usually takes about 10 minutes by that time, all pullers are pretty exhausted.
Last Year the USA won, the Canadian Team Won the first 2 times. This is the 4th Pulling for Peace Tug of War Event
This Year,the USA side Team Captain was:
Matt Blair  from the Vikings. You will see him in my pictures and in the Video.
When being interviewed after the Pull he said: He will be back! Hope he brings a bunch more of his team with next year!

There are 50 locals per side. The rules note that 15 of the 50 must be women, and all pullers must be 16 years of age or older.. Here are the Rules they Read before the Pull. LOL

2011 International Tug of War Rules
No heavy machinery may be attached to the rope by either country. Cheaters never win and winners never cheat.
A minimum of fifteen (15) women must be represented on the Community pull. More will be required next year unless the official rules require the same number or fewer.
Pullers must be at least 16 years of age and have brushed their teeth.
All pullers must wear gloves which should be checked for grease or butter.
Almost all the council members of the Town of Fort Frances and City of International Falls must participate in the Celebrity pull.
The Mayor of the team losing the Celebrity pull will designate a council member to wear the winning team’s high school jersey to the next council meeting provided the jersey is properly laundered.
The Mayors of each community will decide any disputes. In the event of a tie, a bi-national Canadian/American citizen will be appointed to break the tie. Bribes of this individual in the currency of either country are encouraged.
The starter will be located on a boat in the middle of the river and must wear a life preserver at all times unless he or she is an Olympic swimmer.
Do not start pulling until the starter raises the Green Flag. If you are falling or feeling overwhelmed during the pull, let go of the rope. Remember, be safe, whether your team wins or loses Canada and USA will still be friends.
The winner of the Community pull wins the trophy, bragging rights and a 10% increase in the value of their currency against the value of the losing team’s currency.
In case of inclement weather (lightening), the event will not be held and the winner will be decided by a coin flip.

Enjoy the Pictures and the Video!
Canada Wins Again.
We will be there next year to see who wins!

Best Wishes to Your Success
Dee Westcott

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