The track was fast and the turtles were eager to race as Longville hosted its third week of turtle races June 21. At the end of the day, after 261 contestants entered the downtown racing circle, the final championship race ended in a three-way tie.
Grand Champion honors were shared by Elijah Landin, age 4, of Edgerton, Minnesota, Will Rains, age 3, of Bloomington, Minnesota, and Sam Stewart, age 13, of East Dubuque, Iowa. The Grand Slowpoke title went to Aidan Bohanan, age 7, of Ft. Campbell, Kentucky.
An additional eight racers competed in the Chamber Resort Race, which was won by Maxton Bisel, age 3, of Springfield, Minnesota, representing Green Roof 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 Charlee, 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.