Eastport Vs Annapolis Tug Of War Returns This Weekend In 'Slaughter Across The Water'
ANNAPOLIS, MD — The annual Eastport vs. Annapolis tug of war returns this Saturday.
The music and registration start at 10 a.m. The tug begins at noon. There will also be food, drinks and a silent auction. The event wraps up at 5 p.m. The full music schedule is posted here.
The contest pits Eastport and Annapolis against each other in a battle of strength deemed the "Slaughter Across The Water." Each neighborhood gathers on its side of Spa Creek and yanks at a 1,700-foot-long rope draped across the waterway. The Maritime Republic of Eastport called it the world's longest "international" tug over water.
The tradition started in 1998 after officials temporarily closed the Spa Creek Bridge for maintenance. That crossing connects downtown Annapolis with the Eastport peninsula. Both neighborhoods are part of the City of Annapolis.
Eastport residents jokingly called the construction an "unprovoked act of aggression" and declared war, a tug of war that is, against their neighbors. Locals then formed the Maritime Republic of Eastport, also known as the MRE, to promote businesses on their side of the creek during the bridge project.
The MRE has raised more than $500,000 for local charities since its creation. The group has donated to organizations like Feed Anne Arundel, a nonprofit that pays restaurants to feed residents in need.
Though the MRE is kind-hearted, its members get serious leading up to the tug. The Eastport residents march to Annapolis City Hall before each tug to "declare war."
Visit themre.org to learn more about the group.
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