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Turtle Fest shows Perham in best light

Despite a slightly soggy week last week --  more than two inches of rain fell from Thursday to Saturday -- Perham’s Turtle Fest was a resounding success according to those who planned and implemented its many activities. We wholeheartedly agree that it was a success, and offer a smart salute for a job well done.

A heart-felt congratulations to all who won prizes, especially the two people clever enough to find the medallions based on clues to their locations – Tom Burke of Ottertail and Cynthia Moenkedick of Perham; as well as Dennis Happel, the lucky winner of $10,000 offered by the Perham Center for the Arts. In a class act, he said he will donate the money back to Perham through various charitable organizations.

Turtle races, coloring contests, medallion hunts, a magic show, walking tour, arts and crafts offerings, a half marathon and 5 and 10K run, farmers market, the grand parade, a rodeo and live music, all planned to interest anyone no matter their age, were a part of this year’s festival. It’s staggering to think of the number of people involved who made sure Perham put its fun foot forward.

Community groups and businesses also put in extra effort to make sure everyone was fed in style, from the East Otter Tail Jaycees, Papacitos, Perham Fire Department, Perham Lions, Perham High School Music Department, St. Henry’s Catholic Church, and the Rotarians, which served everything from tacos, hot dogs and barbecues, and pancakes and eggs, to pie and ice cream. If you went hungry, it wasn’t for a lack of available options.

To everyone who had a part in Turtle Fest this year, whether your part was small or extensive, thank you, thank you, thank you for all the time and effort you put into making it the best one yet.