Turtle Race Archives - July 10th, 2013

Longville earns its title as ‘Turtle Race Capital of the World’

Longville, Minnesota, truly is the “Turtle Race Capital of the World,” hosting competitors from as far away as France on July 10th. After an afternoon of heated competition, hometown boy Brendan Harris, age 13, of Longville, bested 320 other racers to take home Grand Champion honors. The Grand Slowpoke title went to Davis Pruisman, also 13, of Clear Lake, Iowa.

The Chamber Resort Race, the first race of the day, was won by Danielle Nelson, age 6, of Burnsville, Minnesota, representing Timber Trails Resort.

The Longville Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce would like to recognize the volunteers who make this event possible. Race judges were Pat Boen of RE/MAX Lakes Area Realty, Cathy Stagnaro, Marisa and Ryan Skajewski and Candice Zaczkowski.

Dodee Colberg and Rose Franta registered racers, while Terri Felegy and Rosalie Letson sold tickets and souvenirs. Ed Lammers of Lakeland Promotions and Pat Bothast managed the prize table.

Game operators included Mary Ann Straley, Elsie Hagen, Gordy Atzen, Chuck Colberg, Mary Jo Shurtleff, Kathy Sweeney of Woodland Insurance, Dennis Zuelke of Salem Lutheran Church and volunteers from Luther Dell Bible Camp.

Nancy Loren of Little Boy Resort registered racers for the Chamber Resort Race. Katie Daudt made and sold fresh popcorn, donating a portion of the proceeds to World Vision.

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

Kam Kammueller of Longville Inn was the announcer, assisted by Tom Lund of VFW Post 772 and Steve Shalbetter.

Turtle races will be held every Wednesday through Aug. 21 in downtown Longville. Race registration and the contests and games open at 1 p.m. The Chamber Resort Race is held at 2 p.m., followed by the regular turtle races. Painted turtles can be rented for $3 or you can bring your own.

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!


Winners and Judges: From left, judges Pat Boen, Ryan Skajewski, Candice Zaczkowski, Grand Slowpoke Davis Pruisman, judge Cathy Stagnaro, Grand Champion Brendan Harris, judge Marisa Skajewski and, behind her, announcer Kam Kammueller.

Behind them in the announcing booth are Steve Shalbetter, left, and Tom Lund.

Chamber Resort Race winner Danielle Nelson of Burnsville, Minnesota, representing Timber Trails Resort. She is pictured with Nancy Loren of Little Boy Resort.

Volunteer Kathy Sweeney, right, encourages a boy Fishin' for Fun

The football throw is a popular game, especially with volunteer Gordy Atzen's assistance

Dad helping son shoot Turtle Hoops with volunteer Chuck Colberg

On your mark, get set ... race 'em!

Dancers led the crowd during the YMCA dance contest

Doing the Macarena



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