Wednesday, April 23, 2014
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Belton’s Kiwanis Club hosts annual Turtle Festival

Turtle-Festival-coverThe sun was shining and the creek invited the splash of little feet during the sixth annual Belton Kiwanis Turtle Festival that took place on Saturday down in the City's Yettie Polk Park from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The annual festival is designed to positively impact children's lives by partnering with community organizations, matching with opportunities, and fostering the development of key relationships within the community.

 

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.

Turtle-FestivalOf 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.