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Perham celebration races at a turtle's pace

In Perham, slow and steady always wins the race, no matter how loud the turtle trainers yell.

This week, the small Minnesota town invites everyone to Turtle Fest, a celebration that gets its name from Perham's 30-year turtle racing tradition.

Last season, nearly 4,000 people of all ages participated in the races. At this week's festival, hundreds of newcomers will get a chance to try their luck.

"It just works out great," turtle race announcer Tim Meehl said. "We try to make it fun for them."

Turtle Fest starts Wednesday and runs through Sunday.

Visitors can enjoy helicopter rides, craft and food vendors, a parade, a demolition derby and a fireworks display.

For more information, visit or call (800) 634-6112. Perham is on Highway 10 about 65 miles east of the Fargo-Moorhead area.

Other events this week include:

- The Red River Valley Fair, which runs through Saturday at the Red River Valley Fairgrounds in West Fargo. The fair features rides, food and music. Admission is $5 for adults. Children 12 and under get in free.

For more information, visit

- Safety Safari, 3 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the Red River Zoo in Fargo. The event will feature educational displays, a scavenger hunt and safety talks. For more information, call (701) 282-6222 or visit

- Felton (Minn.) Field Days, Friday and Saturday. There will be a parade, a high-tech treasure hunt, a roast beef dinner, bingo, children's activities and a fireworks display. For more information, call (701) 281-4356.

- Aneta, N.D., 48th annual Turkey Barbecue and Summer Festival, Friday through Sunday.

There will be a parade and a turkey barbecue in the Aneta city park at 4:30 p.m. Saturday. For more information, call (701) 326-4524.

- Lisbon (N.D.) Happy Days, Friday through Sunday. There will be street dances, games, a golf tournament, a citywide rummage sale, parades, contests, a steak fry, stock car races, rock climbing and a pancake breakfast. For more information, call (701) 683-5680 or visit

- Sand Hills Summerfest, starts at noon on Sunday at the Agassiz Environmental Learning Center in Fertile, Minn. Wacky Professor Jerry Wenzel will present a science show. Activities include a guided hike and a hunting dog training demonstration. For more information, call (218) 945-3129.