Longville’s iconic Turtle Races have been enjoyed by children of all ages for the last 50 years. Back in the mid-60’s Russ Nyvall started the races after realizing that there was a need to entertain residents and those vacationing in the area during the summer.
Every Wednesday afternoon from June through late August, streams of cars descend on the little town of Longville on the shores of Girl Lake to race turtles.
Today, the turtle mobile rumbles into town at about noon each Wednesday. Promptly at 12:30 nearly 25 volunteers magically appear and unload the turtle mobile, close off main street, and transform the town into a mini-county fair.
Join us Each Wednesday, June 6 to August 22, 2018 (Exception: NO TURTLE RACES July 4th)!
Registration: 1:00 pm
Contests: 1:00 – 2:00 pm
Games: 1:00 – 3:00 pm
Resort Turtle Race: 2:00 pm
Turtle Races: 2:05 – 3:00 pm
Kick off the “Fall Has It All” autumn celebration at this artists’ reception and open house in downtown Longville.
Sponsored by Friends of the Margaret Welch Memorial Library, held at the library.
2019 SCHEDULE: June 15; Sept. 14
Saturday, Oct. 26, 2019 from 5:30-7 p.m.
at Camp Olson YMCA
Looking for a safe and fun way to celebrate Halloween in the north woods? This event is just for you. A FREE family friendly event held on the shores of Little Boy Lake, the Halloween Spooktacular has something for everyone. Bring the kids out to a community event that is guaranteed to be SPOOKtacular! **Bring a food shelf item to donate.**
This event is co-sponsored by the Longville Chamber of Commerce and Camp Olson YMCA. The Camp is located south of Longville on County Road 54.
3:00-4:30 p.m. bring the kids for FREE PHOTOS WITH SANTA, sponsored by the Longville Area Women of Today, at the Common Grounds Coffee Shop. Contact Kim McDonald, firstname.lastname@example.org
4:00-6 p.m. Downtown Longville, always the Saturday after Thanksgiving and always free. Enjoy horse-and-wagon rides, a bonfire, hotdogs, hot chocolate and cookies, and Christmas carols.
5 p.m. Christmas sing-along with the Victorian Singers
5:20 p.m. The official town Christmas tree lights are illuminated to celebrate the rest of the holiday season.
Sponsored by the Longville Chamber of Commerce, 218-363-2630, 1-800-756-7583.
Special holiday event sponsored by the Gallery of New Creations and The Longville Lakes Arts Alliance. Mix and mingle with local artists and community members.
Christmas Musical. Two performances: 1 p.m. & 7 p.m.
We celebrate Independence Day on the actual 4th of July, so come and enjoy the parade, food, and all-day fun, right in downtown Longville.
2019 List of Events
9:30 a.m. – FREE Inflatables for the kids.
10:00 a.m. – The Food Court opens with lots of goodies including food by the Longville Chamber, Bake Sale from Young-At-Heart Senior Club, and Walking Tacos by the Longville Lions.
10:00 a.m. – STAGING FOR PARADE will begin in the Salem Lutheran Church parking lot.
11:00 a.m. – PARADE begins, followed by kids’ races, games, contests and prizes for all ages.
DUSK – Longville’s spectacular FIREWORKS display will take place over Girl Lake.
What a great way to celebrate our nation’s birthday and independence!