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Annapolis, Eastport Face Off in Tug-O-War Saturday

The 15th annual Slaughter Across the Water will take place at the crack o'noon.

Annapolis, Eastport Face Off in Tug-O-War Saturday

Eastport and Annapolis will face off in the 15th annual Slaughter Across the Water promptly at the "crack o'noon" on Saturday.

A rope will stretch from from Second Street and Severn Avenue across Spa Creek to Susan B. Campbell Park on City Dock. It's billed as the longest international Tug-of-War over water in the world.

The war started on Super Bowl Sunday in 1998 when the residents of Eastport felt excluded from the city while the Compromise Street bridge was closed for repairs.

Mayor Josh Cohen was among the founding fathers of the revolt, and he helped establish the Maritime Republic of Eastport (MRE). The MRE soon announced their plans to secede from the city and challenged the city to a tug-of-war competition.

The MRE formally declared war on Annapolis for 2012 at its Oct. 22 council meeting. Cohen announced his allegiance to the union—abandoning his "Easportarican" countrymen.

Fourteen teams will battle in seven rounds for bragging rights. The most anticipated battle this year will be between the Navy midshipmen and Army soldiers from Fort Meade.

A few MRE members even conceded their support for Navy defeating Army at October's City Council meeting.

Patch will be out tweeting and enjoying the Tug-O-War all day. Follow @AnnapolisPatch on  Twitter and Instagram for updates.

In addition to the tug, each side will host its own party, which draw crowds up to 1,000 people. The parties run from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m.

Main Street's plans to make the Annapolis side the place to party during the 2012 tug with its wine bar on wheels. The bar will feature wine on tap, beer and Blood, Sweat and Tugs rum punch.

Scott Shaffer, who teased on Twitter that Eastport always has the best party, called the wine bar on wheels "a serious game changer."

In 2010, Annapolis prevailed over the secessionists 4 to 3. But in 2011, the union fell to the MRE.

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