Turtle Race Archive - June 9th, 2010

The weather was only fit for turtles as Longville opened its 2010 Turtle Racing Season on Wednesday, June 9. Cold, windy and with a hint of rain in the air, only the most hardy racers, a total of 120, opened the season and made the first race so enjoyable.

The first race of the day was the Resort Turtle Race. Eight resorts battled for the title. They were Sperr’s Point Resort, Broadwater Lodge, Woman Lake Lodge, Shady Shores Resort, Evergreen Lodge, Thunder Lake Lodge, Timber Trails Resort, and Long Birch Lodge. The winner was 2 _ year old Landon Uthke of Albert Lea, MN who with his family were vacationing at Long Birch Resort. Landon had a charmed life on Wednesday as he also tied for the Grand Slowpoke Champion along with 31 year-old Jesse Standal of St. Paul, MN. Winning the Grand Champion Race was six-year-old Ahmia Lords of Belt, Montana.

The pre-race activities featured Chicken Dance Singers and YMCA Dance leaders. The Chicken Dance Singers included: Sean from Champlin, MN; Bjorn of Bloomington, MN; Tanner of Backus, MN and Kelsey of Lino Lakes, MN. The YMCA Dance Leaders, all great performers in their own right, included: three counselors from Camp Luther Dell, Brandon of Coon Rapids, MN; Laurel of Gonvick, MN; Alex of Superior, WI; plus Brandon from Denison, IA.

While the temperature was too cool for a June, the many volunteers who assist with the races and games made for a warm Longville. Assisting Pat Boen at judging was Mackenzie and Michaela MacFarlane. Rose Franta , Jan Elliott, and Stan Johnson registered racers and Kathy Sweeney, representing Woodland Insurance, and Sue Meyer sold tickets and Souvenirs. Jim Garner, representing Birdies, and Marge McDonald managed the prize table. Game operators were Pat Moran, representing Pat Moran Realty, Jake Spartz, representing Frosty’s, Elsie and Dennis Hagen, Debbie and Laura Oates, Kathy Froehlig, Larry Davidson, Saundra Martell, and Judy Blue. Gordon, The Popcorn Man, Atzen popped a few thousand kernels of corn. Set-up and tear down was accomplished by Brandon representing the Pines Motel, Tony Ozark, Don Shurtleff, Steve Shallbetter and a great team from Camp Olson. The street managers were Dave Wodrich and Stan Johnson.

John and Sandy Weins and Steve Shallbetter worked at the Turtle Mobile with announcing duties.

Turtle Race Winners!



Chicken Dance Singers, Left to Right:
Sean, Champlin, MN
Bjorn, Bloomington, MN
Tanner, Backus, MN
Kelsey, Lino Lakes, MN

YMCA Dancers, Left to Right:
Brandon, Coon Rapids, MN
Laurel, Gonvick, MN
Brandon, Denison, IA
Alex, Superior, WI

Resort Turtle Race Winner
Landon Uthke (with Dad Kevin), 2 1/2 years old; Albert Lea, MN; Representing Long Birch Resort

Turtle Race Winners

Front, Left to Right:
Grand Winner - Ahmia Lords, Belt, MT; Age 6 Grand Slowpoke Co-Winners -
Landon Uthke, Albert Lea, MN; Age 2 1/2 (with Dad Kevin)
Jesse Standal, St.
Paul, MN; Age 31

Back, Left to Right:
John Weins, Announcer
Michaela MacFarlane, Judge
Pat Boen, Chief Judge
MacKenzie MacFarlane, Judge


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