Turtle Races probably seem sort of strange, but it has been a part of our community for 37 years now! It is just second nature to us. The family-friendly event attracts thousands of racers from all over the world each summer. It is definitely not something that you'll want to miss! 
 
While it has become second nature to us, we're sure that you have some questions. Here are some of the most frequently asked ones to get you started. If you have more, feel free to give us a call at 218.346.7710.
 
Frequently Asked Questions: 
  • How do the turtle races work? The racers will gather in the center circle and release their turtles when the whistle blows. We'll all watch while the turtle make their way to the outer circle. The first turtle to the outside ring wins! Then we'll gather all of the heat winners to race again until we have the top three places. 
  • How old (or young) do you have to be to participate? Anyone can race as long as they can get to the center of the track! We encourage racers of all ages, and we have volunteers available to help if you are unable (or too scared) to hold onto the turtles. 
  • How much does it cost? We ask for a $1 donation per racer. The proceeds are used to take care of the turtles over the summer. 
  • What time do the races start? Registration begins at 10am. The races will start at 10:30pm. 
  • Where are the races held? They are held in the City Hall Park, which is right on Main Street next to the Perham Area Chamber.
  • Are turtles provided? Yes, we have turtles available for use. A family takes care of them all summer and brings them to town for us each week.
  • Can I bring my own turtle? Absolutely! If you have been training a turtle for the races, we'd love to see what he or she can do. Just bring your turtle in a bucket so it doesn't get away from you!
  • How long do the races take? Each individual race takes a few minutes. Depending on how many people we have, the races can last an hour to two hours.
  • Why are they called the International Turtle Races? Well, we race turtles so that one is a given. We call it International because we have people from all over the world that join us to race turtles. 

Photos of Weekly Winners

Week Thirteen: August 26th

From L to R: Announcer Dave Howey | 1st Place - Isiah Hexum from Perham, MN | 2nd Place - Sophia Hanson from Dent, MN | 3rd Place - Bryce Brown from New York Mills, MN | Miss Perham Outstanding Teen Kendra Sparby

Week Twelve: August 19th

From L to R: 2nd Place - Maddy Page from Gwinner, ND | Announcer Dave Howey | Miss Heart of the Lakes Abby Ullyott | 1st Place - Claire Michelson from Frazee, MN | 3rd Place - Kay Skramstad from West Fargo, ND

Week Eleven: August 12th

From L to R: Miss Perham Hailey Jutz | 1st Place - Sophia Hanson from Dent, MN | 2nd Place - Paige Iceberg from Pierre, SD | 3rd Place - Kennedy Stoddard from Kindred, ND | Miss Perham Outstanding Teen Annika Kovar

Week Ten: August 5th

From L to R: Miss Perham's Outstanding Teen Annika Kovar | 2nd Place - Eric Hanson from Dent, MN | 1st Place - Isiah Hexum from Perham, MN | 3rd Place - Rachel Hexum from Perham, MN

Week Nine: July 29th

From L to R: Announcer Dave Howey | 1st Place - Nick Ables from Austin, TX | 2nd Place - Oliver Monberg from Northville, MN | 3rd Place - Preston Teske from Fairmont, ND

Week Eight: July 22nd

From L to R: 1st Place - Katie Zepper from Perham | 2nd Place - Boyd Olson from New York Mills, MN | 3rd Place - Alexis Hartman from Perham, MN | Lakes Radio Personality Dave Howey

Week Seven: July 15th

From L to R: Miss Perham Hailey Jutz | 1st Place - Isiah Hexum from Perham, MN | 2nd Place - Alexis Sattgast from Windthrup, IA | 3rd Place - Myria Hansen from Pender, NE | Miss Perham Outstanding Teen Annika Kovar

Week Six: July 8th

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Winners were: 1st Place - Katie Zepper from Perham, MN | 2nd Place - Harry Goegiein from Licoln, NE | 3rd Place - Brock Derose from Minneapolis, MN

Week Five: July 1st

From L to R: Miss Perham Hailey Jutz | 1st Place - Rachel Hexum from Perham, MN | 2nd Place - Ethan Mewles from Mayville, ND |  3rd Place - Anthony Curtis from Venice Heights, MN

Week Four: June 24th

From L to R: Miss Perham Hailey Jutz | 1st Place - Tristian Patsie from Pasper, WY | 2nd Place - Katie Zepper from Perham, MN | 3rd Place - Kaia Deckard from St. Paul, MN | Miss Perham Outstanding Teen Anika Kovar

Turtle Fest Friday: June 19th

From L to R: 1st Place - Katie Zepper of Perham, MN | 2nd Place - Kaia Derkard from St. Paul, MN | 3rd Place - Kylie Smith from Dent, MN | Miss Perham Hailey Jutz

Week Three: June 17th

From L to R: 1st Place - Lola Turgeon from Onalaska, WI | Miss Perham Hailey Jutz | 2nd Place - Paige Prazak from Rock Falls, IA | 3rd Palce -Emma Stuckenschmidt from Bennington, NE 

Week Two: June 10th

        From L to R: 1st Place - Rorey Prazak from North Springs, Iowa | 3rd Place - Garrett Sumner from Grinnell, Iowa               2nd Place - Aiden Crenshaw from Buffalo, MN

Week One: June 3rd

From L to R: Miss Perham Hailey Jutz | 2nd Place - Gage Germolus from Perham, MN | 3rd Place - Chloe Koljonen from New York Mills, MN | 1st Place - Lola Pulver from Perham, MN | Miss Perham Outstanding Teen Annika Kovar