Turtles headed for civic center

Turtles race in the 2012 Johnny Stallings Memorial Great Paris Turtle Race.

Turtles race in the 2012 Johnny Stallings Memorial Great Paris Turtle Race.

The Boys and Girls Club of the Red River Valley is getting ready for the 11th annual Johnny Stallings Memorial Great Paris Turtle Float.

The event is set for July 26 at Love Civic Center. The checkered flag drops at noon, and the adoptive parents are encouraged to come out early and give their turtles pre-race pep talks and cheer them on as they head down the waterway.

This year, 5,000 turtles are up for adoption. The fee is $10 per turtle, or a herd of 11 for $100. Adoption papers (entry forms) must be completely filled out. Each adopted turtle will be assigned a number for the race, although the turtles remain the property of the Boys and Girls Club. In the case of multiple adoptions, all turtles in the same clutch will have the same number.

First place gets $3,000; second place prize is $2,000; third place is $1,000; fourth place prize is two Rangers tickets; and fifth place gets a Yeti cooler. A coin toss will decide any ties. Winners are responsible for all taxes on prizes.

Ten turtles will be selected at random for a quick-pick $50 prize.

Click here to download an entry form.

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