Turtle Race Archives - August 22nd, 2012

Final Turtle Race of Longville’s 2012 Season Ends in a Tie

The last day of Longville’s turtle racing season, Aug. 22, dawned sunny and warm, and more than 250 racers converged on downtown to compete in the final event for 2012. The Chamber Resort Race had six racers, while the regular turtle races chalked up another 249.

The resort race was won by Connor Olson, age 3, of Granite Falls, Minnesota, representing Little Boy Resort. After a full afternoon of racing competition, the Grand Champion race ended in a tie between Jonas Roach, age 6, of St. Paul, Minnesota, and Parker Theisen, age 17, of Pine River, Minnesota. Grand Slowpoke honors were won by Zach Seeman, age 7, of Prior Lake, Minnesota.

The Longville Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce would like to thank the many volunteers who made the weekly turtle races possible. The Aug. 22 races were judged by Sean McDonald of Gallery of Homes and Stephanie Aaserude of Common Grounds.

Dodee Colberg and Mary Ann Straley registered racers, while Jan Thielen of Thielen’s Resort and Sara Felton sold tickets and souvenirs. Sharon Gilsrud and Rosalie Letson managed the prize table.

Game operators included Susie Sietsema, Elsie and Dennis Hagen, Mike and Kathy Froehlig, Chuck Colberg, Gordy Atzen, Dennis Zuelke of the Longville Lakes Arts Alliance and Kathy Sweeney of Woodland Insurance.

Nancy Loren of Little Boy Resort registered racers for the Chamber Resort Race. Lori Daudt and Katie Daudt made and sold fresh popcorn to raise funds for World Vision.

Setup and tear down were accomplished by Jake Woodworth and his team from Camp Olson YMCA, along with Dennis Zaske, Don and Mary Jo Shurtleff, Bob Saalborn and Tom Kutschied of VFW Post 772. Street managers were 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.

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!


Grand Champions Jonas Roach, front row, second from left, and Parker Theisen, back row, far left; Grand Slowpoke Zach Seeman, center front; pictured with Judges Sean McDonald, back row, second from left, Stephanie Aaserude, back row, far right; announcer Pat Boen, front, far right; and many happy family members.

Chamber Resort Race winner Connor Olson is pictured with Nancy Loren, owner of Little Boy Resort.

Volunteer Susie Sietsema encourages a youngster at Turtles on the Fence.

A young Wiffle Ball Roll player gathers a crowd as volunteer Dennis Zuelke helps out.

Getting ready to run in the Chamber Resort Race.



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