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Turtle Fest a fun time for families

Cousins Maddox and Tanyen enjoy an ice cream break at Ma's during Turtle Fest on Saturday. Kiowa Wieser-Matthews/FOCUS1 / 10
Ellen Dauphinais, left, and her dogs Mia and Adeline, and Summer Dobratz, with her dog Polar, pose for a picture during the Dog Expo last Thursday. The two are both from the Parkers Prairie area, and are members of the Waggin' Canine Tails 4-H Club, which organizes the expo. Marie Nitke/FOCUS2 / 10
Five hundred golf balls were dropped from a helicopter onto Perham Lakeside Golf Course on Saturday as part of Turtle Fest's first ever Golf Ball Drop fundraiser. A good crowd turned out for the event. Kiowa Wieser-Matthews/FOCUS3 / 10
These alpacas joined in the fun at a booth at Art in the Park, where vendors from Backus, Minn., were selling alpaca fur products. Kiowa Wieser-Matthews/FOCUS4 / 10
A young boy and his dog compete at the Dog Expo. Marie Nitke/FOCUS5 / 10
Nick Swanson waves to onlookers from the Boys and Girls Club float in the Turtle Fest grand parade on Friday. Pictured behind him is Carter Seedorf. Marie Nitke/FOCUS6 / 10
The Sons of Norway Vikingland Lodge out of Detroit Lakes waved cheerful 'hellos' to parade-goers, even as the rain came down. Marie Nitke/FOCUS7 / 10
The local Teen Girls in Faith group marched in the parade. Marie Nitke/FOCUS8 / 10
Miss Perham, Miss Perham's Outstanding Teen and Miss Heart of the Lakes rode through the parade on the Perham Express. Marie Nitke/FOCUS9 / 10
Spiderman gives kids high-fives while riding by on his four-wheeler during the grand parade. Spiderman was just one of many familiar children's characters to make an appearance. Marie Nitke/FOCUS10 / 10

Turtle Fest came to a close on Sunday, after nine full days of family fun. Despite some rain here and there, most activities went as planned. Turn-out was generally strong, especially at some of the bigger and traditionally popular events, such as the demo derby and grand parade. Pick up a copy of this week's Focus for more Turtle Fest photos.