This year, Patuxent Roll-Off was proud to support the Maritime Republic of Eastport’s annual tug of war through the donation of a dumpster, in support of Special Olympics Maryland. Each year, residents of Eastport and residents of the City of Annapolis stage a tug of war over Spa Creek, the body of water that separates Eastport from the rest of the city. In fact, it is the largest over water tug-of-war in the world!
It may seem like fun and games, but the MRE actually has some (albeit tongue in cheek) political roots! It was formed in February 1998 when the City of Annapolis closed the Spa Creek Bridge that leads from Annapolis to Eastport. The closure was due to a public works project and resulted in Eastport residents being cut off from the rest of the city. To encourage people to make the now longer trip from downtown Annapolis to Eastport and to patronize Eastport businesses, Eastport declared its secession from the United States of America and the formation of the Maritime Republic of Eastport.
Every year since, the tug of war has occurred as a symbolic reminder of the differences between Eastport and the City of Annapolis. More importantly, the tug of war is also a charitable event. According to its website, over $275,000 has been raised for various charitable organizations in the Annapolis area, including Special Olympics of Maryland, Patuxent Roll-Off’s primary charity.
If you missed it this year, be sure to mark you calendar for next year, it’s a great time!