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TURTLE-TASTIC! Turtle Fest is happening now in Perham

Connie Vandermay/FOCUS Paul Hollermann adds fuel to his airplane during a Radio Controlled Fun Fly held last weekend in conjunction with Turtle Fest. The event was hosted by the Scream'in Eagles RC Club of Perham. Turtle Fest events continue through this weekend.1 / 5
Connie Vandermay/FOCUS Located off of Highway 10, the Perham Scream'in Eagles airstrip was a busy place Saturday for it's annual Fun Fly. More than 40 registered pilots took turns flying their radio controlled planes, while dozens of spectators watched.2 / 5
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Nine fun-filled days of summer began last weekend with the 2012 Perham Turtle Fest.

Though rain halted some of Saturday's activities, the Radio Controlled Fun Fly went off with numbers well above usual turnout.

Including the dozen members in the Perham Scream'in Eagles RC Club, this year's show pulled in 42 registered pilots from all over Minnesota.

A wide variety of aerobatics were performed with mini planes, helicopters and jets.

Turtle Fest continues throughout the week with turtle races, a medallion hunt, street dances, art in the park and a variety of friendly competitions - singing, skateboarding, volleyball and softball, to name a few.

Also on the list of 'must dos' is the Perham Turtle Fest grand parade, to be held on Friday, June 22 at 6:30 p.m. as a "Salute to Veterans." Many floats and events before, during and after the parade will be honoring area veterans.

New to the parade this year will be a flyover of a B51 Mustang Bomber, originally flown in World War II, weather permitting, according to parade chairperson Tyler Krumwiede.

The parade will pause for a special presentation of the national anthem in front of St. Henry's Area School. Accompanied by the New York Mills Marching Band, Sadie Stoll will be singing. The Lakes Area Mountaineer Club will be adding to the effect by shooting off simulation canons.

Krumwiede said in an interview, "This year will be bigger and better." There were more than 100 participants last year.

Area businesses will be participating in the parade again this year, as well as three school marching bands, Jamestown Clowns, Highlanders of the North, and figures like Clifford the Big Red Dog and Smokey the Bear

Audience members are asked to bring American flags to wave during the parade, and any serving or retired veterans are encouraged to walk in the parade.

Check in and parade line-up starts at 5 p.m. at the intersection of 1st Ave. S. and 5th St. SW.

The parade starts at 6:30 p.m. at the Perham High School and heads down 1st Avenue. The route turns left onto 2nd St. SW., goes another four blocks and takes a left onto 5th Ave. SW. After a block, the route turns right onto 3rd St. SW. and goes around the old hospital, St James Manor and Briarwood Apartments.