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Turtle Race Winners!

July 29, 2009

The middle of July through the first week of August is historically the peak of the vacationing season up here in the northland. That was reflected in the wonderful crowds of racers that came to Longville on Wednesday. There were 433 racers on Wednesday- exceeding previous years. In an economy where business is somewhat down, it is up at turtle races in Longville. Both kids and adults love to race turtles and play the games in Longville.

The circle was jammed packed for hula hoopers and dancers. It was a blast to see that many kids and adults on Main Street participating in pre-race festivities. This week’s famed Chicken Dance Singers performed exquisitely. They were Julia Szilagyi of Naples FL; Tyler George of Bloomington, MN; Jenna Hamberg of Eden Prairie, MN and Smantha Meek of Ramsey, MN. Next came the YMCA dance leaders. Their performance on the turtle mobile stage was worth the price of admission alone. The crazy dancers were David Rollen of Mpls; Emily Aamoth of Bloomington, MN; Angel Welu of Dubuque, IA; and Brooke Dannenfeldt of Urbandale, IA.

The Resort Turtle Race came first. Fourteen resorts competed for top honors. They were Pine Haven Resort, Woman Lake Lodge, DOK Holiday Resort, Red Wing Lodge, Minne Teepee Resort, Pine Ridge Resort, Tri-Birches Resort, Borde Du Lac Lodge, Pinehurst Resort, Little Boy Resort, Broadwater Lodge, Thunder Lake Lodge, Girl Lake Resort, Longville Inn, and Timber Trails Resort. The winner was eleven-year-old Lizzy Hall of Whitewater, WI who with her family were vacationing at Timber Trails Resort on Boy Lake.

The business of competing among the 433 racers then began in earnest. After the dust had settled the Grand Winner was six-year-old Joe Langer of Long Prairie, MN and the Grand Slowpoke winner was four-year-old Henry Peterson of Burnsville, MN.

Three very grateful and appreciative young people won Valleyfair Tickets and tickets to events at the Mall of America, compliments of BL Broadcasting in Brainerd. BL Broadcasting operates four radio stations in Brainerd with WJJY FM 106.7 as their flagship station. Winning Valleyfair tickets were nine-year-old Robert Swinson of Stacy, MN and twelve-year-old Kayla Johnson of Hayfield, MN. Winner of the $200 valued Mall of America package of tickets was nine-year-old Ashley Andreson of Oak Park, MN.

Twenty business and community volunteers made the afternoon a hoot for an estimated 1500 racing on-lookers and participants.

The next race is Wednesday, August 5.


Resort Turtle Race Winner: Lizzy Hall, Age 11 from Whitewater, WI
Representing Timber Trails Resort

Chicken Dance Singers: Left to Right:
Jenna Hamberg, Eden Prairie, MN
Julia Szilagyi, Naples, FL
Samantha Meek, Ramsey, MN
Tyler George, Bloomington, MN

Turtle Race Winners and Workers:

Front Row, L to R:
Grand Slowpoke: Henry Peterson, Age 4 from Burnsville, MN
Grand Winner: Joe Langer, Age 6 from Long Prairie, MN

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

YMCA Dancers, Left to Right:

Angel Welu, Dubuque, IA
David Rollen, Minneapolis, MN
Brooke Dannenfeldt, Urbandale, IA
Emily Aamoth, Bloomington, MN



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