The next-to-last turtle race of the 2016 season saw 287 racers compete in the regular races and another six in the Chamber Resort Race. After an afternoon of heated competition on Aug. 17, Grand Champion honors went to Trevor Couch, age 15, of Ottumwa, Iowa, racing his turtle “Ricky” that he caught in Woman Lake.
The Grand Slowpoke winner was Makayla Huper, age 7½, from Lake Crystal, Minnesota. The Chamber Resort Race was won by Mali Dyson, age 9, of St. Charles, Illinois, representing Diamond Crest Resort.
With only one turtle race remaining on Wednesday, Aug. 24, the Longville Chamber is bringing another successful turtle racing season to a close. To that end, the Chamber would like to thank all of the volunteers who make the turtle races possible, especially judges Charlee Stewart, Kate DeLost and Pat Boen, and 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.
On Aug. 24, race registration, 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.