Turtle Race Archives - July 22, 2009


Turtle Race Winners!

What a beautiful early afternoon it was on Wednesday in Longville. The sun was shining, early turtle racers were milling around Main Street and the shops, and the turtle race crew was beginning to get organized. In fact, the race activities started without a hitch with a hundred or more kids and adults participating in hula-hoop contests and dance contests. Then, out of the blue, the rain gods played a cruel joke on Longville and poured down rain on Main Street. The crowed headed for cover and activities were suspended for about 20 minutes until all was quiet again. The races now started and the 403 racers began their quest for the racing crown.

First was the Resort Turtle Race. Fourteen resorts participated, some from as far west as Park Rapids. The resorts were Girl Lake Resort, Timber Trails Resort, Pine Ridge Resort, Adventure North Resort, Maple Trails Resort, Sunset Bay Resort, Minne Teepee Resort, Dixon Lake Resort, Kee Nee Moo Sha Resort, Green Roof Lodge, Little Boy Resort, Lake Haven Acres, Round Bay Resort, and Balsam Bay Resort. The winner was thirteen-year-old Adrienne Barberg of Golden Valley, MN who with her family was vacationing at Pine Ridge Resort on Girl Lake.

Three lucky young people won Valley Fair Tickets and tickets to events at the Mall of America, compliments of BL Broadcasting in Brainerd. BL Broadcasting operates four radio stations with WJJY FM, 106.7 as their flagship station. Winning Valley Fair tickets were eight-year-old Natalie Drescher of Savage, MN and ten-year-old Morgan Carlton of Lonsdale, MN. The Mall of American ticket package, worth $200 was won by six-year-old Kailyn Morris of Bloomington, MN.
The serious business of winning the Grand Championship and the Slowpoke Championship now began. The Grand Winner was thirteen-year-old Sherrie Kunert of Cottage Grove, MN and the Grand Slowpoke Winner was eleven-year-old Gabriel Dertinger of Becker, MN.

The dedicated volunteers who dodged raindrops made what could have been a pesky afternoon, delightful for all of the visitors.


Resort Turtle Race Winner: Adrienne Barberg, Age 13 from Golden Valley, MN
Representing Pine Ridge Resort

Chicken Dance Singers: Left to Right

Yvette Rohkohl, Tucson, AZ
Peyton Atzen, Des Moines, IA
Josie Neveu, W. St.Paul, MN
Mitch Fisher, Andover, MN

Turtle Race Winners
Front Row, Left to Right:
Grand Winner - Sherrie Kunert, age 13 from Cottage Grove, MN and Marisa Skajewski, Judge
Grand Slowpoke - Gabriel Dertinger, age 11 from Becker, MN

Back Row, Left to Right:
Ryan Skajewski, Judge; John Weins, Announcer; Pat Boen, Chief Judge



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