Turtle races, rain gutter regatta added

by Nathan Warner
Contributing writer

Two new races are zipping into Zimmerman for Wild West Days this year. Reading Frenzy BookShop is sponsoring turtle races in the parking lot Saturday, May 26 after the Wild West Days parade, from 3–5 p.m.

“It should be a lot of fun,” Sheri Olson, owner of Reading Frenzy said. “We plan to have at least 30 turtles on call for the races, rain or shine.” How is Reading Frenzy planning to rally 30 turtles, since the DNR has made it illegal for anyone over 18 years of age to catch turtles? “We’re hoping to have the Cub Scouts working for us on that point,” Olson laughed. She called the only two cities in Minnesota that currently have turtle races, Longville and Nisswa. “The Longville Chamber of Commerce had a lot of really useful information for us,” Olson said, adding that she hopes it won’t be cold that day or “We’ll have some really slow turtles,” she laughed.

Children and adults can register for $3 on Saturday at 2 p.m. to race turtles along a track. All proceeds from the race will go to Passing the Bread Food Distribution.

Around the same time on Saturday, the Rain Gutter Regatta race will commence next to the softball fields, where participants will be able to race small balsawood sailboats down a water-filled rain gutter only using their breath to propel the sailboats. The competition will have a number of prizes for winners of the race. Entry into the race costs $1 and supports local Cub Scout Pack 96.