Turtle Race Archives - June 6, 2012

Longville’s Turtle Race Season is Officially Open

Despite sprinkles in the morning, we had beautiful sunny weather for the first Turtle Race of Longville’s 2012 season, and 108 racers competed for the titles of Grand Champion and Grand Slowpoke.

Race day started with the Resort Turtle Race, which was won by Kachina Lilley, age 18, of Longville. Kachina represented Longville Inn, handing the local motel its first resort race win. At the end of the day, Brenlee Knudson, age 7, of Ellendale, Minnesota, earned Grand Champion honors, and Hailey Rosonke, age 6, of Iowa, won the title of Grand Slowpoke.

Racers and non-racers alike had fun during the pre-race activities, which included hula-hoop contests, the Chicken Dance, the YMCA dance sponsored by Camp Olson YMCA, the Macarena, and the Hokey-Pokey.

Many volunteers assisted with the races, games and contests. Lead Judge Pat Boen was ably assisted by Cathy Stagnaro. Rose Franta and Dodee Colberg registered racers, while Sara Felton and Sue Meyer sold tickets and souvenirs. Donna Holloway of Pine Ridge Resort and Dennis Zuelke of the Longville Lakes Arts Alliance managed the prize table. Game operators were Elsie Hagen, Mike and Kathy Froehlig, Mary Ann Straley, Mackenna and Abby Radunz of Pine Haven Resort, Kathy Sweeney of Woodland Insurance and Corinne Neururer of Common Grounds. Chuck Colberg, running Turtle Hoops, invited grandson Ellis McBrayer to run the neighboring Bola Toss game.

Katie Daudt made and sold fresh popcorn, raising funds for Relay for Life, and volunteers from Northland Area Family Service Center supervised the hand-washing station. Setup and tear down were accomplished by Jake Woodworth and his team from Camp Olson YMCA, along with Don and Mary Jo Shurtleff, Dennis Zaske, and Tom Kutschied from VFW Post 772. The street managers were Dave Wodrich and Stan Johnson.

Kam Kammueller of Longville Inn ushered in his second year as Turtle Race Announcer, assisted in the announcing booth by Steve Shallbetter and Tom Lund.


Turtle Race Winners!



Grand Champion Brenlee Knudson from Ellendale, Minnesota, left, and her brother Jase, along with Grand Slowpoke Hailey Rosonke from Iowa, are pictured with, back from left, judge Pat Boen, race announcer Kam Kammueller and judge Cathy Stagnaro.

Resort Race winner Kachina Lilley is pictured with Linda Kammueller, co-owner of the Longville Inn.

Doing the Macarena

The first Chicken Dancers for 2012.

The 2012 Turtle Race season has begun.


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