Lepanto hosts 75th annual Terrapin Derby

Thursday, September 29, 2005

It is time once again for the annual turtle races in Lepanto. Residents are gathering friends from far and wide to come enjoy the day of festivities which will be held this Saturday, Oct. 1.

The Lepanto Volunteer Fire Department hosts the event and has planned a day packed with fun for the whole family.

The Terrapin Derby originated in 1930 by the American Legion Post 26. Legionnaires would go to the banks of the Lepanto River and collect turtles to be raced down Main Street. Food booths, crafts and other activities would be held after the race.

The turtle race, which will be held at 4 p.m. in front of the main stage, is still a signature event of the derby. People come from miles around to witness the fascinating sight.

The parade, which be held at 2 p.m., is also enjoyed by children and adults alike. The parade is sponsored by Ritter Telephone Company and features a variety of floats, elected officials, antique cars and the ever famous Terrapin Derby Queen.

The day will kick off at 8 p.m. with vendors and crafts lining the main street. There will be music on the main stage all day and the Painted House will be hosting tours from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Carnival rides and games are also a popular attraction.

Everyone is invited to come enjoy an unforgettable afternoon.

See pages 8 and 9 for a complete Terrapin Derby schedule.

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