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7th Annual Luck O’ the Turtle Race

It’s not as fast as the horse races, but the odds are better than the lottery.

By: Melynda Stone | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: March 2009

Homer T. Clown plucks the first-place winning turtle from the Super Recreation Center pool at last year’s Rogers County Luck O’ the Turtle Race. The 7th annual event takes place March 14, 2009.

It’s not as fast as the horse races, but the odds are better than the lottery. The 10 fastest turtles in the county will win prizes at the 7th annual Rogers County Luck O’ the Turtle Race. The event will be held Saturday, March 14 in the Claremore Super Recreation Center pool, located at 595 Veteran’s Pkwy.  

Turtle adoptions are available at RCB Bank, Grand Bank, Bank of Commerce, and 1st Bank Oklahoma locations. Turtles can also be adopted by visiting the race presenters, Volunteers for Youth and Rogers County Youth Services.

“You can’t win the first-place $1,000 gift card from Wal-Mart if you don’t adopt a turtle,” says Melynda Stone of Volunteers for Youth. “A $5 donation is all it takes. And you can save money the more turtles you adopt, while increasing your chances to win, when you adopt a ‘Snap Pack’ of turtles.” Those adopting a Snap Pack will also receive their very own glow-in-the-dark turtle to keep. Snap Pack prices are 6 turtles for $25, 13 for $50, and 28 for $100. All turtle adoptions are considered tax deductible contributions.

The second fastest turtle’s “parent” will win $300 cash, and third place will win $200 cash. Airline flight certificates and luggage will be awarded to fourth place, and the fifth-place winner and a friend will enjoy a guided duck hunt next season. The sixth-place winner can eat Pizza Hut pizza and a Hammett House pie every month for a year.  

The lucky seventh-place winner will win a Blue-Ray disc player, and the eighth-place winner will be awarded Claremore Cinema 8 movie passes for two to enjoy once a month for a year. The ninth fastest turtle will win a pampering package that contains haircuts, nail care, facials, tanning, massages and more. The tenth-place winner will be awarded a Healthy Pooch gift certificate from The Ark Animal Hospital. 

Race time is 1:30 p.m., and turtle adoptions will be available up until about an hour before the race at the Super Recreation Center. “This is a very family-oriented event,” says Herb McSpadden of Rogers County Youth Services. “The fun begins with a ‘turtlicious’ breakfast at the Masonic Lodge from 8 to 11, and by 11 at the Rec Center we’ll have a Jupiter jump, clowns, a treasure hunt, face painting, $0.25 concessions and much more for all to enjoy.” Call (918) 341-7580 or visit for more details.

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Rogers County Luck O’ the Turtle Race

(918) 341-7580

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