Turtle Race Archives - July 24, 2013

Longville Hosts 461 Turtle Racers

On July 24th, 461 turtle racers from across the country and as far away as South America and Japan converged in downtown Longville. The weather was perfect, the racetrack was fast, and the stage was set for a full day of racing, along with food, games and contests.

The first race of the day, the Chamber Resort Race, was won by Pete Mikuta of Plainfield, Illinois, representing Pikedale Resort. Then, after 450 turtles raced in the regular heats, Grand Champion honors went to Addie Holz of Lincoln Nebraska, and the Grand Slowpoke title went to Trish Brown of Northfield, Minnesota.

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, Marisa Skajewski and Ryan Skajewski.

Dodee Colberg and Rose Franta registered racers, while Sara Felton and Sue Meyer sold tickets and souvenirs. Ed Lammers of Lakeland Promotions and Jan Thielen of Thielen’s Rainbow Bay Resort managed the prize table.

Game operators included Chuck Colberg, Mary Jo Shurtleff, Jim Garner of Birdies Mini-Golf and Water Wars, Kathy Sweeney of Woodland Insurance, Rachel Kragt of Arrowhead Builders Supply, Jill Radunz of Pine Haven Resort and volunteers from Luther Dell Bible Camp.

Craig Riendeau of Thunder Lake Lodge registered racers for the Chamber Resort Race. Katie Daudt made and sold fresh popcorn, donating a portion of the proceeds to World Vision. Two Traders provided the water for the turtles and cooling the racing circle.

Setup and tear down were handled by Jake Woodworth and his team from Camp Olson YMCA, along with Don Shurtleff, Dennis Zaske, 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 handled announcing duties, assisted by Tom Lund of VFW Post 772.

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: Front row, Grand Winner Addie Holz of Lincoln, Nebraska, left, and Grand Slowpoke Trish Brown of Northfield, Minnesota. Back row, judges Pat Boen and Marisa Skajewski, announcer Kam Kammueller, and judge Ryan Skajewski. Announcing assistant Tom Lund is in the background.

Pete Mikula of Plainfield, Illinois, right, won the Chamber Resort Race for Pikedale Lodge. He is pictured with Craig Riendeau of Thunder Lake Lodge.

Ed Lammers, right, helps children at the prize tables. Everyone gets a prize at the turtle race games.

Getting ready to race those turtles.

Enjoying the YMCA dance.



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