HOLLAND, MI (WHTC) -- A 116 year tradition continues at Hope College today. The Pull Tug-of-War, first held in 1898, is an annual fall highlight at Hope. The event takes place on the banks of the Black River, near U.S. 31 and Chicago Drive. There are two teams, one comprised of freshmen and the other team is sophomores. Juniors coach the freshmen and seniors coach the sophomores. The shortest pull happened in 1956 when it only took the winning team two minutes and 40 seconds for the win. The longest pull took three hours and 51 minutes in 1977. The judges finally had to call a tie due to darkness. Not surprisingly, in 1978, new rules were implemented, limiting the event’s duration. The Pull begins at 3 p.m. The public is invited and admission is free.
Story by: Diane E Coston