Turtle Race Archives - June 12th, 2013

It was a perfect day for turtle racing on Wednesday, June 12, as Longville hosted the second event of the 2013 season. Two hundred turtle racers—nine in the Chamber Resort Race and another 191 in the regular races—converged downtown to compete for fun and prizes.

The Chamber Resort Race, the first race of the day, was won by Zack Starkson, age 8, of Mantorville, Minnesota, representing Long Birch Lodge. After an afternoon of racing, Grand Champion honors went to Aubrie Raygor, age 5, of North Mankato, Minnesota, and the Grand Slowpoke title went to Kyra Ellis, age 15, of Central City, Iowa.

The Longville Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce would like to thank all of the volunteers who make this event possible. The races were judged by Pat Boen of RE/MAX Lakes Area Realty, ably assisted by Marissa Skajewski and Connor Daudt.

Dodee Colberg and Rose Franta registered racers, while Sara Felton and Mary Ann Straley sold tickets and souvenirs. Pat Bothast and Sharon Gilsrud managed the prize table.

Game operators included Lucinda and Parker Kline, Elsie Hagen, Chuck Colberg, Mary Jo Shurtleff, volunteers from Luther Dell Bible Camp, Dennis Zuelke of Salem Lutheran Church, Jim Garner of Birdies Mini-Golf and Water Wars, Kam Kammueller and Cody Stangel of Longville Inn, Kathy Sweeney of Woodland Insurance and Mackenna and Abby Radunz of Pine Haven Resort.

The ever-helpful Gordy Atzen operated games, sold souvenirs and supervised the hand-washing station.

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.

Setup and tear down were handled by Jake Woodworth and his team from Camp Olson YMCA, along with Bob Saalborn, John Olsen and Tom Kutschied of VFW Post 772. Street managers were Dave Wodrich and Don Shurtleff.

Jake Spartz turned in a fine debut performance as turtle race announcer, assisted in the announcing booth by Tom Lund of VFW Post 772 and Steve Shallbetter.

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!


From left: Grand Slowpoke winner Kyra Ellis of Central City, Iowa, judges Pat Boen and Connor Daudt, Grand Champion Aubrie Raygor with her mother, Katie, of North Mankato, Minnesota, announcer Jake Spartz and judge Marissa Skajewski.

Zack Starkson, right, of Mantorville, Minnesota, and his winning turtle, Cletus, are pictured with Nancy Loren of Little Boy Resort. Zack won the Chamber Resort Race, representing Long Birch Lodge.

The world-famous Chicken Dance Singers perform on stage at the Longville Turtle Races.

Lucinda Kline, right, and grandson Parker, left, volunteer at the Turtle Ring Toss game.

The last race of the day—the run-off for Grand Champion honors.


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