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Turtle Fest 2014: A photo gallery

Caitlin and Brynnan Covington kicked things off at this year’s Turtle Fest Grand Parade, leading 70 floats, marching bands, trucks and other entries through Perham on Friday evening. The storm that passed over town that afternoon only kept about five entries away; everybody else held out and participated, despite a short delay in the parade's start time. Marie Nitke/FOCUS1 / 22
Dorothy, the Cowardly Lion and the Scarecrow skipped along behind the Dreams For Kids float. Marie Johnson/FOCUS 2 / 22
Matt Hendrickx, of the Perham Fire Department, gives the crowd a wave. Marie Johnson/FOCUS 3 / 22
The United Way’s first-ever Pet Parade was a hit with the crowd. Over a dozen pets and their owners paraded through Perham, many of them wearing cute and funny costumes. 4 / 22
Viktor the Viking, the mascot of the Minnesota Vikings, paraded through town with a couple of Vikings cheerleaders. Marie Johnson/FOCUS5 / 22
Subway mascot Subman waves at bystanders. Marie Johnson/FOCUS6 / 22
A group of kids marching for the Minnesota Golden Gophers handed out candy, posters and mini-footballs. Marie Johnson/FOCUS7 / 22
Amy Wallgren, right, and kids representing the New York Mills Summer Celebration and Lund Mania showed off the mini pedal boats used in the festival’s ‘Boatville Drags’ races. Marie Johnson/FOCUS8 / 22
A gymnast with Lakes Area Gymnastics marched through town on her hands. Marie Johnson/FOCUS9 / 22
Thousands of people turned out for this year’s Turtle Fest parade, which managed to start nearly on time, despite a bad storm (including a tornado warning) that passed through the area on Friday afternoon, ending just 45 minutes before the parade was due to start. Marie Johnson/FOCUS10 / 22
Bagpipers entertained onlookers. Marie Johnson/FOCUS11 / 22
The team with Untangled Salon passed out candy to kids. Marie Johnson/FOCUS12 / 22
The Perham Area Spe-cial Olympics Team waved to crowds from their float. Marie Johnson/FOCUS13 / 22
Onlookers put their hands over their hearts as the Perham area VFW Post 4020 and its Auxil-iary went by on their float. Marie Johnson/FOCUS14 / 22
The Sauk Rapids-Rice High School Marching Storm wowed onlookers with their mix of music, intricate marching band formations, dance team, and more. Marie Johnson/FOCUS15 / 22
The New York Mills High School Marching Band entertained with an ‘80s music theme. Marie Johnson/FOCUS16 / 22
The New York Mills High School Marching Band entertained with an ‘80s music theme. Marie Johnson/FOCUS17 / 22
A little girl is unsure about which piece of candy she wants more. Marie Johnson/FOCUS18 / 22
Paul Buendiger rode his 2009 mini chopper through the parade. Buendiger was the or-ganizer behind this year’s Turtle Fest vin-tage motorcycle show, a fundraiser for Dreams For Kids. Marie Johnson/FOCUS19 / 22
Children’s book charac-ters, Clifford the Big Red Dog and Super Hero Word Girl, waved at kids. Marie Johnson/FOCUS20 / 22
Marc Hartman, Tyler Krumwiede, Cheryl Lachowitzer and Nick Dockter, left to right, of the Perham Area Jaycees, served vanilla ice cream with various toppings to families visiting Perham for Turtle Fest on Thursday. Marie Johnson/FOCUS 21 / 22
Brian Hill and Doug Eckes perform to a group of delighted little girls at the Perham Center for the Arts' Art in the Park event on Friday. Marie Johnson/FOCUS22 / 22

Perham's Turtle Fest wrapped up on Sunday, after nine days of family-friendly events and activities, including a parade, Fun Fly, demolition derby, prize giveaways, turtle races, sports competitions and much more. Page through our photo gallery to see just a small sample of the smiling faces and cool activities that were found all over town for Turtle Fest. For more photos, see this week's issue of the Perham Focus.

Marie Johnson

Marie Johnson joined the Perham Focus more than five years ago, and has since worn many hats as writer, editor and page designer. She lives in rural Frazee with her husband, Dan, their one-year-old son, Simon, and their yellow lab, Louisa. 

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