Despite damp and chilly weather, 200 turtle racers and their families came to downtown Longville on June 15 to try their luck in the racing circle. In the end, after an afternoon of starts and stops by the turtles amid enthusiastic encouragement from the crowd, a record-setting three-way tie for Slowpoke Champion and a two-way tie for Grand Champion settled the titles for the second week of racing.
After 192 racers competed in the regular turtle races, championship titles were shared by Carter Vasa,
age 12, of Davy, Nebraska, and Michelle Gardner, age 51, of Muscatine, Iowa. Then something that’s never happened before, a three-way tie, gave slowpoke honors to Jacob Boeckers, age 6, of New Munich, Minnesota, Andrew Gunderson, age 10, of Menomonie, Wisconsin, and Karlee Revers, age 13, of Omaha, Nebraska.
An additional eight contestants competed in the Chamber Resort Race, which was won by Justin Hier, age 2, of Belle Plaine, Minnesota, representing Pine Ridge Resort.
The Longville Chamber would like to thank all of the volunteers who make this event possible, especially
race announcer John Weins and his assistants, Sandy Weins and Gerry Broshar, and race judges Kate DeLost, Charlie Stewart and Pat Boen. We would also like to recognize the volunteers from VFW Post 772, Camp Olson YMCA and Luther Dell Bible Camp.
Turtle races will be held each Wednesday through Aug. 24 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.