Despite the rain, more than 300 turtle racers came to downtown Longville June 28 to try their luck in the racing circle. Volunteers, racers and their families braved intermittent showers but still enjoyed a day of fun, food and games.
At the end of the event, after 297 racers competed in the regular races, April Lin, age 20, of Walker, Minnesota, was crowned Grand Champion. Emily Bailey, age 12, of Hackensack, Minnesota, earned Grand Slowpoke honors.
The Chamber Resort Race added another nine turtle racers. That event was won by Nola Altrichter, age 5, of Maplewood, Minnesota, representing Woman Lake Lodge.
The Longville Chamber would like to thank all who make this event possible, especially race announcer Dave Adams, his assistant Brittney Wolters, and race judges Tarike, Addie and Pat. We would also like to recognize the volunteers from VFW Post 772 and Camp Olson YMCA.
Turtle races will be held each Wednesday through Aug. 24 in downtown Longville. Race registration and the contests and games open at 1 p.m. The Chamber Resort Race is held at 2 p.m., followed by the regular turtle races. Race registration is $3, which includes the rental of a turtle (or you can bring your own). Proceeds benefit community activities sponsored by the Longville Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce.