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
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.