Turtle Race Archives - June 17th, 2009


Turtle Race Winners!

One could imagine that the rain gods would again descend on the Longville area just enough to ruin turtle races.  However, whatever was in the atmosphere skirted the area and we were blessed with sunshine and warm temps. The racers could not have been happier. Smiling faces on each of the 242 racers, who with their siblings, parents, or grandparents had the ultimate in family fun on the mainstreet of Longville.

Pre-race activities were never more popular. Many young people helped the much older announcer interpret the dance moves for the audience. A group of energetic young people led the Macarena dance and the hoky poky dance.  Then four young people gave their endearing rendition of the Chicken Dance Song as the circle was filled with dancers. Those chicken dance singers included: Shay Farley of Sterling IL; Matt Porro of Woodbury, MN; Amber Lepisto of Forest Lake, MN; and Madeline Larson of Ham Lake, MN.

Next came the ever-popular YMCA dance. Again four young people led that dance for the large crowd of dancers. They were: Brandon Erickson of Coon Rapids, MN; Nate Butrum of Rochester, MN; Alex Moore of Superior, WI; and Zane Roberts of Moline IL.

The resort race was the first race of the day. Fourteen resorts participated. They were Woman Lake Lodge, Minne Teepee Resort, Green Roof Lodge, Timber Trails Resort, In The Wilds Resort, Girl Lake Resort, DOK Holiday Resort, Pine Ridge Resort, Little Boy Resort, Thunder Lake Lodge, Happiness Resort, Kee Nee Moo Sha Resort, Pikedale Resort, and Broadwater Lodge. The winner was six-year old Kira Roberts of Moline, IL who with her family were vacationing at Girl Lake Resort.

A drawing was held midway through the races to determine who won free tickets to Valleyfair in Shakopee, MN. This new contest is sponsored by BL Broadcasting of Brainerd aka WJJY. From among the many racers who registered, the winners were nine year old Christian Larson of Ham Lake and one year old Drake Johson of New London, MN.

This week’s turtle race Grand Champions worked hard to outlast their 240 rivals. Winning the honor of Grand Champion was seven year old Curtis Hence of Brooklyn Center, MN.  The Grand Slowpoke winner was fourteen year old Bennett Larson of Ham Lake, MN.  Judges for this week’s events were led by Pat Boen of Keller Williams Realty, and with the help of Cathy Stagnaro from Red Bird Cafe and MeKenzie Macfarland of Broadwater Lodge.
The next race is Wednesday, June 24.

Turtle Race Winners - pictured in the Front Row, L to R:

Grand Winner: Curtis Hance, Age 7 from Brooklyn Center, MN
Grand Slowpoke Winner: Bennett Larson, Age 14 from Ham Lake, MN
Back Row, L to R:
John Weins, Announcer; Pat Boen, Chief Judge; Cathy Stagnaro, Judge

Resort Turtle Race Winner:  Kira Roberts, Age 6 from Moline, IL
representing Girl Lake Resort

Chicken Dance Singers: Left to Right:
Shay Farley, Sterling, IL;  Matt Porro, Woodbury, MN;
Amber Lepisto, Forest Lake, MN;  Madeline Larson, Ham Lake, MN

YMCA Dancers
Back, L to R:  Brandon Erickson, Coon Rapids, MN;  Alex Moore, Superior, WI
Front, L to R:  Nate Butrum, Rochester, MN;  Zane Roberts, Moline, IL


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