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
Popular community smorgasbord dinner at Salem Lutheran Church.
2019 SCHEDULE: June 19; July 17; Aug. 21
LADIES ON THE LOOSE!
Join Longville businesses on Main Street for an evening of browsing, shopping store specials, food, fun and friends!
2019 SCHEDULE: June 27; July 11, 25; Aug. 8, 22; Oct. 18
Bus picks up in Walker, Backus, and Pequot Lakes. $40 inclues bus fare and ticket.
Sponsored by the Longville Lions. They Lions will be serving pulled pork, baked beans, and coleslaw; all layered in a handy “walk and eat” container at the Docksider parking lot. Lunch includes pop/water.
They’ll serve until the food runs out — and you won’t want to miss this special lunch-time event. The Longville Lions are famous for their great food and this “hog heaven” meal will continue that tradition. Celebrate Labor Day weekend in downtown Longville, and experience this Lions’ specialty for yourself!
For 17 days, the communities of Longville, Remer, Hackensack and Walker combine to celebrate our glorious lakes area autumn.
2018 SCHEDULE OF EVENTS will also be published in area newspapers.
With the purchase of a $4 “Fall Has It All” button, you qualify for discounts galore in all four communities throughout the 17-day celebration. Buttons are on sale at local Chamber member businesses.
Don’t miss our Longville events the first weekend —
• Thursday, Sept. 13—”FALL HAS IT ALL” OPENING RECEPTION – Wine & Cheese Reception with the Artists, 4–6 p.m. at the Gallery of New Creations & Antiques / Arts Learning Center, sponsored by the Longville Lakes Art Alliance and Gallery of New Creations. Contact Pat Boen, 218-838-4202
• Saturday, Sept. 16—OKTOBERFEST ALL DAY LONG!
7 a.m. – 3 p.m. – Fall Festival/Bizarre at Salem Lutheran Church, Longville – Bazaar with crafts, antiques, and food, including breakfast. Sponsored by the Salem Lutheran Women. Contact Carol Raines, 218-363-2011.
10 a.m.-2 p.m.- Arts/Crafts/Music Outdoor Show. Sponsored by the Longville Lakes Arts Alliance. CONTACT: Pat Boen, 218-838-4202
11 a.m.–2 p.m. in downtown Longville—German beer garden, food by the Longville Lion’s Club, pie sale, German music, . Sponsored by the Longville Chamber of Commerce, 218-363-2630, 1-800-756-7583.
12 noon – “Quick Draw” Art Contest with Tom Kutsheid featuring contestants representing organizations, merchants, families and other groups. Paintings will be judged at the dance, then sold via silent auction. Proceeds benefit local “first responders.”
5–11 p.m. Oktoberfest Dance at Patrick’s on Girl Lake, sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce, 218-363-2630, 1-800-756-7583
Kick off the “Fall Has It All” autumn celebration at this artists’ reception and open house in downtown Longville.
7 a.m.-3 p.m. Fall Festival/Bazaar at Salem Lutheran Church. Bazaar with crafts, antiques and food, including breakfast from 7-10 a.m. Sponsored by the Salem Lutheran Women. Contact Carol Raines, 218-363-2011.
9 a.m.-2 p.m. Book Sale at the Margaret Welch Memorial Library, sponsored by the Friends of the Library. Contact: Rose Jorgenson, 218-682-3113.
10 a.m.-2 p.m. Arts/Crafts/Music Outdoor Show sponsored by the Longville Lakes Arts Alliance, Contact: Pat Boen, 218-838-4202
11 a.m.–2 p.m. Beer Garden. Food by the Longville Lions; Oktoberfest Hot Dogs and Goulash Soup. Serving 1/4# beef hot dogs, potato salad and pop as well as Goulash soup w/roll using the Wabedo Inn’s iconic recipe. Longville Chamber of Commerce Pie Sale, German music. Downtown. Sponsored by the Longville Chamber of Commerce, 218-363-2630; 800-756-7583.
11 a.m.-1 p.m. Scavenger Hunt. Downtown. Register at 10:45 a.m. at the chamber tourist building across the street from the Docksider. Sponsored by the Longville Chamber of Commerce, 218-363-2630; 800-757-7583.
5–11 p.m. Oktoberfest Dance and German Dinner Specials at Patrick’s on Girl Lake, 218-363-2995.
Sponsored by Friends of the Margaret Welch Memorial Library, held at the library.
2019 SCHEDULE: June 15; Sept. 14