Turtle Race Archives - July 11, 2012

Minnesotans top International Competitors in Longville Turtle Races

It was a great day for turtle racing on Wednesday, July 11, as 321 eager racers from as far away as Kuwait, Sweden and Holland converged in downtown Longville. Participants in the regular races numbered 311, all vying for the coveted titles of Grand Champion and Grand Slowpoke.

Another 10 racers competed in the Chamber Resort Race, which is always the first race of the day. Winner was Alexa Wahlstrom, age 3, of Farmington, Minnesota, who represented Pine Haven Resort.

After an afternoon of heated competition, Jenessa Anderson, age 16, of Savage, Minnesota, topped 310 other racers to earn the title of Grand Champion. Grand Slowpoke honors went to Ben Davis, age 10, of Andover, Minnesota.

The Longville Chamber would like to thank the many volunteers who work to put on the turtle races each week. Lead Judge Mackenzie Macfarlane did a great job, assisted by Kendyll and Taylor Week and Pat Boen. Rose Franta and Dodee Colberg registered racers, while Sue Meyer and Char Olson sold tickets and souvenirs. Lisa Garbe of Northlakes Marine and Auto and Ed Lammers of Lakeland Promotions managed the prize table. Game operators included Mary Ann Straley, Chuck Colberg, Elsie Hagen, Judy Blue, Christina Herheim of Bill Hansen Realty, Dennis Zuelke of the Longville Lakes Arts Alliance, Kathy Sweeney of Woodland Insurance, and several volunteers from Luther Dell Bible Camp.

Katie Daudt made and sold fresh popcorn, raising funds for World Vision, and Kit Arnquist 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 Tom Kutschied, Don and Mary Jo Shurtleff and Anita Zaske of VFW Post 772, and street managers Dave Wodrich and Stan Johnson.

Kam Kammueller of Longville Inn served as Turtle Race announcer, assisted by Tom Lund of VFW Post 772.

Turtle Race Winners!


Front row from left: Grand Champion Jenessa Anderson of Savage, MN; Grand Slowpoke Ben Davis of Andover, MN; judges Taylor Week and Pat Boen. Back row from left: Race Announcer Kam Kammueller, judges Kendyll Week and Mackenzie Macfarlane.

Chamber Resort Race winner Alexa Wahlstrom of Farmington, MN, with her dad, Dan Wahlstrom.

Playing "Turtle Touchdown"

Two for one on the "dock" at "Fishin' for Fun" with volunteer Kathy Sweeney.

Action-packed fun at the Wiffle Ball Roll with volunteer Dave Wodrich

The turtles were in the starting circle and ready to go

We had lots of birthdays to celebrate at the Turtle Races



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