Turtle Race Archives - August 1, 2012

Longville Turtle Race Fun Continues in August

Almost 400 racers ushered in the final month of Longville turtle racing Wednesday, Aug. 1. Three hundred eight-two turtles raced in the regular heats and another eight turtles competed in the Chamber Resort Race, which is always the first race of the day.

Reilly Parkhurst, age 6, of Naperville, Illinois, won the resort race. She represented Deer Trail Resort. After 32 racing heats and the final run-off, Grand Champion honors went to Emily Frie, age 2½, from New Hope, Minnesota.

The Longville Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce would like to thank the many volunteers who work at the turtle races each week. The races were judged by Pat Boen of Gallery of Homes and Marisa Skajewski. This was Marisa’s final appearance as a turtle race judge this year. She’s been judging for five years and is looking forward to coming back next year.

Rose Franta and Dodee Colberg registered racers, while Charlene Olson and Kathy Froehlig sold tickets and souvenirs. Christina Herheim of Bill Hansen Realty and Ed Lammers of Lakeland Promotions managed the prize table.

Game operators included Chuck Colberg, Gordy Atzen, Judy Blue, Mike Froehlig, Jim Garner of Birdies Mini-Golf and Water Wars, Dennis Zuelke of the Longville Lakes Arts Alliance, Kathy Sweeney of Woodland Insurance, Alexis Ames of Kee-Nee-Moo-Sha Resort and several volunteers from Luther Dell Bible Camp and Camp Olson YMCA.

Nancy Loren of Little Boy Resort registered racers for the Chamber Resort Race. Katie Daudt made and sold fresh popcorn to raise funds for World Vision, and Rachel McCall 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. Street managers were Dave Wodrich and Stan Johnson.

Kam Kammueller of Longville Inn entertained the crowd as turtle race announcer, assisted in the announcing booth by Tom Lund of VFW Post 772.

The Longville Turtle Races will be held every Wednesday, rain or shine, 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, www.longville.com, and Facebook page. Proceeds from the turtle races benefit community activities sponsored by the Longville Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce.

Turtle Race Winners!


Emily Frie, held by her father, Mike, earned top honors as Grand Champion. She is pictured with her mother, Jaime; sister, Hannah; brother, William; judges Pat Boen and Marisa Skajewski; and announcer Kam Kammueller.

Resort race winner was Reilly Parkhust of Naperville, Illinois. She is pictured with her brother, Chase, and Nancy Loren of Little Boy Resort.

Judy Blue, right, volunteered to assist youngsters playing Turtles on the Fence.

Volunteer Dennis Zuelke watches with anticipation as the wiffle ball rolls.

Luther Dell Bible Camp volunteers help at Fishin' for Fun.

Lining up for the final race of the day.



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