This was the biggest Longville turtle race so far this season, as hundreds of racers, their friends and families converged downtown. Those racers included three young women from Madrid, Spain, who are counselors at Camp Olson YMCA. They even ascended the Turtlemobile stage to sing the “Macarena” in their native language.
After an afternoon of fun games, contests and 468 turtle racers, the Grand Champion title was shared between Amelia Shockman, age 3, of Mora, Minnesota, and Emmett Asleson, age 4, of Rochester, Minnesota. Emmett named his two turtles “Slash” and “Raph” after the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.
Grand Slowpoke honors went to Dominic Calabretto, age 10, of Omaha, Nebraska. Volunteer judges were Charlee Stewart, Kate DeLost, Pat Boen and Rachel Landensteiner, who is visiting from Las Vegas, Nevada
The Chamber Resort Race had an additional nine turtle racers. Teaghan Kuspier, age 5, of Richfield, Minnesota, representing Longville Campground was the winner.
The Longville Chamber would like to thank all of the volunteers who make the turtle races possible, especially race announcer John Weins and his assistants, Sandy Weins and Gerry Broshar. We would also like to recognize the volunteers from VFW Post 772, Camp Olson YMCA and Luther Dell Bible Camp.
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.