Sure to be one of the favorite festivals among families, the event is designed with kids in mind with a variety of events including face painting, bounce houses, library books, arts and crafts, games, turtle races, and an several vehicles to scope out including a fire truck, ambulance and police cruiser.
Of course, the turtle races are the main event. Fake turtles can be adopted for $5, and the adopter is given a receipt with a number on it which could coincide with a number on a turtle. Buckets of the little green floating turtles are released north of the Central Avenue bridge, and a wooden shoot collects the turtles, providing the numbers of the winners. This year's first place turtle was number 1367, which won the adopter a $1,000 gift card. Second and third place were awarded to turtle numbers 760 and 65. Those numbers were awarded $100 gift cards to Home Depot and H-E-B, respectively.
There were 52 additional winners who won, so be sure and check out the ad on A7 for a list of numbers and prizes.