Turtle Race Archives - July 15th, 2009


Turtle Race Winners!

The weather in the middle of July is, historically, northern Minnesota’s most perfect time of the year. But for 2009, it was uncharacteristically very, very cold. In spite of the harsh, cold wind, 278 racers showed up to compete for racing honors. However, finding it difficult to compete were the turtles that looked as if they wished they were back in the bottom of the lake were it was toasty warm.

First, there were more birthdays than can be remembered. The crowd sang happy birthday to over 12 young people and adults. Then there were many anniversaries acknowledged. There were even newly-weds who traveled from Indianapolis, IN to celebrate their nuptials at turtle races.

With hands waving, pleading to be picked to come up to lead dances and sing, those selected stepped on to the turtle mobile stage with a bit of apprehension. However they performed their best for the crowd. The Chicken Dance Singers were Christa Gibson of Kingsport, TN; Jessica Borgert of Blaine; Ross Wickemeyer of Urbandale, IA; and Alex Bridges of Peoria, IL. The YMCA dance leaders included Ashli Williams of Durant, IA; Nick Harris of Chillicothe, IL; Morgan Flann of Lake Lillian, MN and Emma Fagerlee of St. Anthony, MN.

Two lucky young people won tickets to Valley Fair and one won a package of tickets to Mall of America entertainment attractions. The Valley Fair winners were ten-year-old Marissa Phillips of Eden Prairie, MN and nine year old Cassie Reistad of Faribault, MN. Nine-year-old Nick Acosta of St. Paul won the Mall of America package of tickets. All of the tickets were sponsored by BL Broadcasting of Brainerd.

There were thirteen resorts that participated in the Resort Turtle Race. The winner was nine-year-old Joe Dimartino of Oakdale, MN who with his family was vacationing at Tri Birches Resort of Hackensack.
Championship honors for the regular turtle races went to two very young racers. One-year-old Logan Pericak of Winona, MN was Grand Champion while four-year-old Zach Mattes of Sussex, Wisconsin was Grand Slowpoke Champion.


Resort Turtle Race Winner: Winner on the Right:
Joe Dimartino, Age 9 from Oakdale, MN; Representing Tri Birches Resort
Pictured on Left: Brother, Wes Dimartino

Chicken Dance Singers: Left to Right:
Christa Gibson, Kingsport, TN
Ross Wickemeyer, Urbandale, IA
Jessica Borgert, Blaine, MN
Alex Bridges, Peoria, IL

Turtle Race Winners:
Front Row, L To R:
Grand Winner - Logan Pericak, Age 1 from Winona, MN; pictured with Dad, Jason Pericak
Grand Slowpoke Winner - Zach Mattes, Age 4 from Sussex, WI; pictured with Dad, Jeff Mattes

Back Row, L to R:
Ryan Skajewski, Judge; Pat Boen, Chief Judge; Marissa Skajewski, Judge; John Weins, Announcer

YMCA Dancers: Left to Right:
Ashli Williams, Durant, IA
Nick Harris, Chillicothe, IL
Morgan Flann, Lake Lillian, MN

Front Row:
Emma Fagerlee, St. Anthony, MN



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