The 35th annual Turtle Fest celebrated the classic mainstays, while expanding on surefire new favorites.
Things got started June 12 with 232 racers squaring off in the international turtle races. Perham natives competed against newcomers from coast to coast in a jam packed Turtle Park.
New this year was the Main Street Fair, which closed Main Street to traffic in exchange for various craft and food vendors. Brew Ale & Eats and Pine Island Fish Co. split the duties of hosting, while the bands Redline, The Cropdusters and 32 Below performed on Friday and Saturday.
Practically all of Perham lined the parade route on Friday night to watch over 80 floats make their way through town. Perham staples Bongard's, Shearer's and Kenny's Candy distributed their famed cheese, snacks and sweets to the crowd.
Saturday morning the Perham Fire Department started cooking up piles of flapjacks for their pancake feed. Patron's also enjoyed getting a behind the scenes look at the fire engines and other equipment.
The Turtle Fest Medallion hunt turned frantic on Saturday as the fourth clue narrowed the search area. Briella Kiley of Sartell eventually found the medallion under a bench in Arvig Park.
Roy Schatschneider came away with the $10,000 grand prize from the Perham Center for the Arts raffle.
Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Dan Schroeder said everything went very well, despite trying so many new things. "The atmosphere on Main Street was unbelievable, from tent to tent," Schroeder said. Schroeder called the whole festival a way saying thank you to everyone for being a part of Perham.