It was an “exotic” afternoon in Longville July 19th, as 355 turtle racers gathered in the middle of downtown’s Main Street. Those racers included one family racing their pet African side-neck turtle, which has been a family pet for 10 years, and another family who had traveled all the way from Korea to
visit the “Turtle Racing Capital of the World.”
After 349 racers had competed in 23 heats, Grand Champion honors went to Gabby Angwenyi, age 16, of Blaine, Minnesota. The Grand Slowpoke title went to Ahmed Umer, age 14, of Bloomington, Minnesota.
The Chamber Resort Race, which had another six contestants, was won by Hamilton Clausen, age 3, of Ellendale Minnesota. He represented Woman Lake Lodge.
All of the racers and their families enjoyed a full afternoon of fun with the hula-hoop and dance contests and the many turtle race games. There were several anniversaries recognized and so many birthdays it took two rounds of the Happy Birthday song to get everyone on stage.
The Longville Chamber would like to thank everyone who makes the turtle races possible, especially race announcer Dave Adams, his assistant Brittney Wolters, and race judges Tarike and Pat. We would also like to recognize the volunteers from VFW Post 772 and Camp Olson YMCA and all the Chamber businesses that support this event.
Turtle races will be held each Wednesday through Aug. 23 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.