Autumnfest Steering Committee  P.O Box 574 Woonsocket, RI 02895

For Immediate Release

Date:       9/21/2017

Contact:  Joe Callahan

Phone:    Work (401)762-1240  Cell (508)922-7230

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        Autumnfest Committee vs Rotary Club in Tug O’ War


Woonsocket - “MEGA War", New England’s Largest Tug O’ War Competition is taking on a new twist.  In the interest of good spirit, the Woonsocket Rotary Club has challenged the Autumnfest Steering Committee to an exhibition Tug O’ War.  The pull will take place at 2:30PM during the Autumnfest Tug O’ War Competition on Sunday October 8,, 2017 near the basketball courts.  Woonsocket Mayor Lisa Baldelli-Hunt will officiate this event.  This is surely to be a fun event and a real crowd pleaser!


Sporting Events Coordinator Cheryl Savaria is looking for 5 more Adult Tug O’ War Teams. The High School Division is FULL and therefore closed to additional registrations.  With cash awards of $1,000, $500, & $250 plus championship t-shirts, a great way of promoting your business and get cash to boot!  All it takes is one special individual with leadership to organize that 2,500lbs team.  The competition is limited to ten teams.  Teams must pre-register by downloading the registration forms from the website under Sports, call 401-527-8959 and mail it in ASAP!


The event will be held during the Autumnfest Weekend at the World War II Veterans Memorial Park in Woonsocket, behind the basketball courts on Sunday, October 8, 2017 at 1:00PM, with team certifications (weight-ins) at 11:30AM.


MEGA War is a very unique style of tug o’ war event as the participants are starting from either the prone or supine position.  That unique style alone determines the type of participants it will take to become the Autumnfest MEGA War Champions.  The rope utilized for this event is a former tugboat rope used to tow ships.  The starting position required that the pullers either lay on their backs with their heads on the rope and hands on their chest or lay outward on the chest with the feet making contact with the rope.  All pullers positions will be verified before the signal is giving to the starting official. To win the double elimination event, pullers must spring-up, and pull the rope 1.5 feet.  The Competition requires speed, agility, power, stamina and teamwork.


Again, the number of pullers shall be determined by the team’s 2,500-lbs.-weight limit. All participants in the High School Division must be students.  There are no co-ed restrictions. This is a double elimination competition.



Autumnfest is a Family-Friendly Celebration now entering its 39th year.  Autumnfest is held Every Columbus Day weekend (Oct. 7, 8 & 9) at World War II Veterans Memorial Park off Social Street in Woonsocket, RI.  Please visit our website at