Last week I joined my family for the typical Minnesota vacation, a week at a cabin on a lake in the north woods. For the last 15-20 years my grandma has rented a cabin and invited all of the aunts and cousins to join. I was only able to go for three days this year because of some conflicting shoots, but I the timing was such that I was there for the middle of the week for the first time in several years.
The nearest town to the cabin is Longville, MN which hosts "world famous" Turtle Races every Wednesday through the summer. The races draw families from all over the area into town for the afternoon. Races are only $3 and you can bring your own turtle or borrow one. I was amazed this year how many people were at the races, with over 350 people signed up this year, racing in heats of 12 turtles. Everyone takes there turtles to the center circle and release them on a mark, before running out the circle. Because it is a turtle race, both the first turtle to cross the outer circle AND the turtle that moved the least are winners. As soon as the winners are marked, a few locals working as turtle handlers sweep in to scoop up all the turtles before the head too far into the crowd, and return them to their baby pool to rest before they race again.