Slow and steady

Turtles tear toward finish line of Friday Fun Days race

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Joey Mason, 6, of Yukon, raced a turtle named Rocky at the Yukon Friday Fun Day turtle races at Mulvey Park, June 12. (Photo by Robert Medley)

By Robert Medley
Managing Editor

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, 5, of Yukon, took second place in the small turtle race during Yukon Friday Fun Days at Mulvey Park. (Photo by Robert Medley)

Lyla Bowen’s turtle finished second in her race. Last year, she didn’t place at all.

Rocky the turtle, the entry of Joey Mason, 6, of Yukon, races toward the chalk line at the Yukon Friday Fun Day turtle race at Mulvey Park, June 12. (Photo by Robert Medley)

Joey Mason, 6, had a turtle named Rocky. Rocky was decorated with a toy rider on top of his shell.

A.J. Smith races his turtle named Michelangelo at the Yukon Friday Fun Day turtle race. (Photo by Robert Medley)

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.

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Smith said he was racing Michelangelo, who finished third.

“We’ve had him forever. And he’s pretty feisty,” Smith said.

Amelia Ketcher and her turtle named Pebbles raced at the Yukon Friday Fun Day turtle race. (Photo by Robert Medley)

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, of Yukon, raced her turtle named Shelly in the Yukon Friday Fun Day race. (Photo by Robert Medley)

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.