Who doesn't love the smell of wet turtles?
A steady rain produced another wet track for the June 22 Turtle Races in Longville.
For an unprecedented third week in a row, participants and volunteers braved wet and chilly conditions during the weekly Longville event.
The first race of the day, the Chamber Resort Race, was won by Noah Glenzinski, age 10, of Downers Grove, Illinois, representing Little Boy Resort. Then it was off to the regular races. At the end of the day, two 14-year-olds triumphed over the field of 175 competitors. Olivia Schmidt, of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, earned Grand Champion honors, and Anthony Mueller, of St. Paul, Minnesota, won the title of Grand Slowpoke.
Pre-race activities included hula-hoop contests, the Chicken Dance, the YMCA dance sponsored by Camp Olson YMCA, the Macarena and the Hokey-Pokey. Volunteers also manned the many turtle race games, providing fun for all ages.
The Longville Turtle Races are held every Wednesday, rain or shine, through Aug. 24. Registration, games and contests begin at 1 p.m., with racing heats beginning at 2 p.m. Bring your own turtle (the shell must measure at least 4 inches) or you can rent one at the races.