By Jenna Quentin
Special To The Record
Excited kids with 5-gallon buckets streamed to the Turtle Races at the Harvey County Fair. The event started at 11a.m. Saturday, August 3rd. It was hosted by Don Bonewitz of Farm Bureau Financial Services and Randy Jasperson of Jasperson Chiropractic.
Children between the ages of 2 and 12 entered 16 land box turtles and 21 water turtles.
Lucas and Eli Roth, ages 9 and 5, from Hesston, entered a painted water turtle named Turty as number 8.
“He was in the road and Mom almost ran over him. She stopped and said let's keep him for the turtle race,” said Lucas.
The family of four brothers kept Turty for about a month before the big day.
This was Lucas' and Eli's first time racing; they are also involved in 4-H. When asked if they thought Turty would win, Eli shrugged shyly, but Lucas said, “Maybe.”
Land turtles raced first, in heats divided by children's age groups.
The Roth brothers each raced Turty in their heat, encouraging their friend to waddle across the ring of chalk.
Turty hustled but was beaten by some turbo-fast turtles. Hard luck for the hard-shelled reptile.
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