Turtle Race Archives - July 18, 2012

Two Minnesota Five-Year-Olds take home Turtle Race Top Honors

The day dawned cloudy and cool—perfect for racing turtles in downtown Longville—and 393 racers made the most of it on Wednesday, July 18.

Twelve racers competed in the Chamber Resort Race, the first race of the day. The winner, from Pine Ridge Resort, was Amanda Halek, age 16, from Golden Valley, Minnesota.

Another 381 racers competed throughout the afternoon for a chance to win the Grand Champion or Grand Slowpoke titles. In the end, two Minnesota five-year-olds took home top honors. Grand Champion was Ella Hopen of Walker and Grand Slowpoke was Jaylin Puffer of Shakopee.

The Longville Chamber would like to thank the many volunteers who work at the turtle races each week. Judges were Sean McDonald of Gallery of Homes and Cathy Stagnaro. Rose Franta and Dodee Colberg registered racers, while Sue Meyer and Mary Ann Straley sold tickets and souvenirs. Elsie Hagen and Sharon Gilsrud managed the busy prize table.

Game operators included Rosalie Letson, Chuck Colberg, Gordy Atzen, Judy Blue, Sandy Shipp and her grandson, Wade Miller, Gary Kobi of CRMC-Longville Clinic, Mackenna and Abby Radunz of Pine Haven Resort, along with their mom, Jill, and sister, Alaina, Kathy Sweeney of Woodland Insurance, Jim Garner of Birdies Mini-Golf and Water Wars, and Haley Gess from Luther Dell Bible Camp.

Nancy Loren of Little Boy Resort and Craig Riendeau of Thunder Lake Lodge registered racers for the Chamber Resort Race. Lori Daudt made and sold fresh popcorn, raising funds for World Vision, and Barb Anderson 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 Dennis Zaske of VFW Post 772, and street managers Dave Wodrich and Stan Johnson.

Pat Boen of Gallery of Homes entertained the crowd as Turtle Race Announcer, assisted in the announcing booth by Tom Lund of VFW Post 772 and Steve Shallbetter.

The Longville Turtle Races are held every Wednesday, rain or shine, from now through Aug. 22. Registration, games and contests begin at 1 p.m. The Chamber Resort Turtle Race is held at 2 p.m., followed by the regular racing heats. Bring your own turtle (the shell must measure at least 4 inches) or rent one at the races.

More photos are available on the Longville Chamber’s website and Facebook page. Proceeds from the turtle races benefit community activities sponsored by the Longville Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce.

Turtle Race Winners!


The winners! Grand Champion Ella Hopen and Grand Slowpoke Jaylin Puffer, center left and right, are pictured with, from left, Jaylin's sister Danielle and Ella's best friend Kevin Miller. Also pictured are, back from left, judge Sean McDonald, announcer Pat Boen, and judge Cathy Stagnaro.

Amanda Halek, right, represnting Pine Ridge Resort, won the Chamber Resort Race. She is pictured with Nancy Loren of Little Boy Resort.

Making par at the mini-golf game.

Kathy Sweeney and Mary Jo Shurtleff, right, help youngsters
who are Fishin' for Fun.

Gary Kobi, left, volunteers at Wiffle Ball Roll.

Getting ready for the announcer to say, "Go!"



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