Turtle Race Archives - August 4th, 2010

August 4 Longville Turtle Race Report The racers began assembling on mainstreet of Longville at 11:30 a.m. in hopes of getting a prime number for the afternoon turtle races. The racers standing in line to register totaled 472. A crowd estimated at 1400 moms, dads, uncles, aunts, siblings and grandparents jammed mainstreet either playing county fair type games, eating some of the delicious food or watching the dance contests and races.

A host of racers volunteered to lead the dances. Four volunteered to sing the chicken dance song. They were Rayne from Longville, MN; Kiley from Nebraska City, NE; Brooke from Urbandale, IA; and Julia from Naples, FL. Annie from Chanhassen, MN and Luke from Omaha, NE helped lead the YMCA dance.

Ten resorts participated in the Resort Turtle Race. They were All Seasons Resort, Timber Trails Resort, Tall Pine Lodge, Long Birch Resort, Little Boy Resort, Family Tradition Resort, Woman Lake Lodge, Minni Tee Pee Resort, DOK Holiday Resort, and Deer Trail Resort. The winner was seven-year-old Lucy Roelle from Davenport, IA who with her family were vacationing at Family Traditions Resort.

Fourteen-year-old Hannah Schmid from Worthington, MN won a four ticket package to Valley Fair Park. The package of tickets was provided by BL Broadcasting of Brainerd. They operate WJJY FM, 106.7; B93.3, Country; Power Loon, 107.5 FM; Cool 103.5 Oldies; Business Radio KVBR 1340 AM; and the FAN, 1380 A.M.

Two champions were crowned during the championship races. Twelve-yearold Kevin Nolan from Arlington Hts, IL was the Grand Champion. He also celebrated his 12th birthday. Six-year-old Silas Hoffman, from Muscatine, Iowa was Grand Slowpoke Champion.

A weary but satisfied group of volunteers help run the events. Ryan and Marisa Skajewski helped Pat Boen, representing Gallery of Homes, judge all of the events. Rose Franta and Jan Elliott registered racers. Ed Lammers, representing Lakeland Promotions and Char Olson sold tickets and souvenirs. Karen Nelson and Mary Ann Straley were in charge of the prize tables. Game operators representing businesses were Kathy Sweeney, representing Woodland Insurance; Kam Kammueller, representing The Longville Inn; Sean McDonald, representing Gallery of Homes; and Rachel Stanley, representing Frosty’s. Community game operators were Elsie Hagen, Chuck and Dodee Colberg, Judy Blue, Saundra Martell, and Jane Brophy. Gordon Atzen popped the popcorn.

Set-up and tear down was handled by a great team from Camp Olson plus Don Shurtleff, Bob Carey, Tony Ozark, and Gerry Broshar. Bob Carey was also in charge of hand washing. Announcing duties were handled by John & Sandy Weins and Gerry Broshar. The next race is Wednesday, August 11.

Turtle Race Winners!


Turtle Race Winners

Front, Left to Right:

Grand Winner - Kevin Nolan, Age 12; Arlington Heights, IL
(Celebrating his birthday)

Grand Slowpoke - Silas Hoffman, Age 6; Muscatine, IA

Back, Left to Right:

Ryan Skajewski, Judge
John Weins, Announcer
Marisa Skajewski, Judge
Pat Boen, Chief Judge

YMCA Dancers, Left to Right:

Luke, Omaha, NE
Annie, Chanhassen, MN

Chicken Dance Singers, Left to Right:

Rayne, Longville, MN
Kiley, Nebraska City, NE
Brooke, Urbandale, IA
Julia, Naples, FL

Chicken Dance Singers, Left to Right:

Rayne, Longville, MN
Kiley, Nebraska City, NE
Brooke, Urbandale, IA
Julia, Naples, FL



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