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Turtle Fest hits quarter-century mark

Twenty-five years of summer fun will be celebrated in Perham June 17-21, as "Turtle Fest" marks its Silver Anniversary.

Planning has been in the works for months, but recently, several new ideas came to the table--including a highway billboard that will not only promote Turtle Fest, but events throughout the year.

The billboard idea surfaced during the course of fundraising for Turtle Fest. Text and themes of the billboard are still in discussion, but a key feature will be the ability to have a permanent sign--but with a space for a message that can be changed and tailored to promote upcoming events.

JH Signs and the Chamber are collaborating on the billboard project.

The 25th annual Turtle Fest has a number of new features. The Turtle Fest committee has been meeting monthly, and will begin meeting weekly this spring. To be a part of Turtle Fest, call the Perham Chamber at 218-346-7710.

After last year's successful move to a Friday night parade, as opposed to the Sunday afternoon schedule in the past, the procession will again be in the evening, starting at 7 p.m.

Cook-out added to downtown Perham events

Another new highlight will be a cook-out, car show and motorcycle display, which has been added to the Saturday line-up.

The "Dreams for Kids" organization will be hosting a hog and turkey cook-out in NP Park, right on Perham's Main Street.

The Perham Area Crusiers Car Club will have its annual car show, in the parking lot directly behind the park. Also, "Dreams for Kids" will be displaying a variety of motorcycles during the cook-out.

Two nights of music at fairgrounds, Pioneer Village

Two nights of live music and dancing are planned this year. On Friday, the "Make-A-Wish Foundation/Dreams for Kids" will be presenting "October Road" at the fairgrounds. Fireworks by Mike Schmidt have been moved to Friday night, at 10:30 p.m., during the fairgrounds dance.

Saturday night features Perham's second annual "Back to the 1960's Bash," headlined by the quintessential 1960's regional touring band, "The Unbelievable Uglies." Four of the original members, who got their start in the Detroit Lakes-Otter Tail lake country, still perform select dates each year. Also performing is the Perham-based band "Sapphire."

The 60's Bash will be at the classic Grandview Heights Ballroom site, at the Pioneer Village. The East Otter Tail Historical Society will host the event. All proceeds will go toward maintaining the Pioneer Village and the Grandview dance hall--one of the region's few intact, wood dance floor facilities from the 1930's ballroom era that is still standing.

Little Miss Turtle Fest pageant a new feature

New for 2009 is a "Little Miss Turtle Fest" pageant, organized by Kendal Ware, of the Northern Lights Dance Academy.

The pageant will be open to any girl age 5-7. The event is Thursday, June 18, 7 p.m., at the Perham High School auditorium.

For information, call Kendal Ware at 218-530-0030.

Demolition Derby now Saturday afternoon

A major change to the Turtle Fest schedule is the time of the Demolition Derby.

This year, the Perham Lions event will be moved from 6 p.m. to the 2 p.m. on Saturday afternoon at the fairgrounds.

Softball tourney revived, 5th baseball tourney set

Being revived this year is a Turtle Fest softball tournament.

With many softball fields in the Red River Valley underwater, it is uncertain whether the fields will be in playing condition this summer. As a result, Perham organizers are anticipating a good turnout for the Perham tourney.

For information on the softball tourney, contact Randy Skoog at 346-8072.

The 5th annual American Legion wood bat baseball tournament will be held at the baseball diamonds during Turtle Fest.

For a complete schedule of Turtle Fest events, pick up a copy of the official Turtle Fest newspaper "The Fast Times" at the Perham Area Chamber of Commerce office, or at the Perham Enterprise Bulletin office.

Silver turtle egg treasure hunt a special feature for 2009 fest

Perham's hard-shelled mascot, "Squirtle the Turtle," will be hiding a special treasure for the 25th anniversary Turtle Fest.

A silver turtle egg will be hidden somewhere in town as a special, silver anniversary feature for Turtle Fest 2009.

The treasure hunt will feature daily clues and a cash prize in Perham Bucks.

A special 25th anniversary logo has been designed for the event by Greenspire Graphics, for t-shirts and other Turtle Fest items.