By Robert Medley
None of the turtles moved slowly. When they didn’t move, they just didn’t move. But when the turtles entered in the Yukon Friday Fun Days race did take off in the races they moved at pretty quick clips.
Lyla Bowen’s turtle finished second in her race. Last year, she didn’t place at all.
Joey Mason, 6, had a turtle named Rocky. Rocky was decorated with a toy rider on top of his shell.
A.J. Smith, 14, of Yukon, will be a ninth grader at the high school. His turtle in the mid-size division took off quickly, but then stopped and didn’t move for a spell.
All of the turtles were placed in a center of a circle and each raced outward toward a finish line in the three categories that included small, medium and large size turtles.
Smith said he was racing Michelangelo, who finished third.
“We’ve had him forever. And he’s pretty feisty,” Smith said.
Amelia Ketcher had her small turtle named Pebbles. She found Pebbles in May while riding her bicycle. She has kept him alive on lettuce, she said.
“We’re keeping him,” Ketcher said.
Alessa Munoz, 6, had a medium sized turtle named Shelly in the division race. She bought her turtle in Texas. The turtle is a red-eared slider. The only practice was running around
More fun events are planned in Yukon this summer. This week, the Lil Anglers fishing derby for children will be at Mulvey Park at 8 a.m. Friday, June 19.