The Pecan Festival Great American Turtle Race, sponsored by the Okmulgee Lions Club and led by Lions Beth Flud and Rusty Milroy, is history. While the Turtle Race and Belmont Stakes were both held on the same Saturday, I'm sure the kids whose turtles won first, second, or third place prize money are just as happy as the horse owners whose horse finished first, second, or third for them. First place turtles won $50, second place won $35, and third place won $15 for each of the boys division and the girls division. I don't know how they determined which turtle would be in which race, but I guess it was determined by an old colloquialism--"ya' dance with the one who brung ya'".
Winners in the boys division: 1st place--London Bruner, 2nd place--Kason Carter, and 3rd place--Markel Holloway.
Winners in the girls division: 1st place--Ciara Reagan, 2nd place--Mallory Karbowski, and 3rd place--Kimber Collins.
The winning turtles were spirited away before I could get their names and the location where they were released remains a secret, so you'll have to find your own turtle for next year's race. Doesn't kids make life fun? "WE SERVE".
(Photos and information provided by Mr. Tur-Tell).