The sixteenth annual TURTLE DERBY for the families of Johnson County is set for Friday, May 24th, 2019, at the bandstand at Ralph Stout Park beginning at 6 PM. This event is fun for the entire family and the proceeds go to support the work of the Johnson County Lions Club.
There is no admission charge to the Turtle Derby. Upon arrival, each person will receive a number which corresponds to a number on the track and if the turtle in your track wins a race, you will receive a prize. There will be several “heats”, so everyone will have lots of opportunities to win. In addition there will be great door prizes including two brand new bikes for a lucky boy and girl. The grand champion racer will be determined by a final run-off
The local Lions Club, chartered in 1953 with 22 founding members, is part of one of the largest and oldest service organizations in the world, dedicated to helping those less fortunate in their communities with special emphasis on eye care and the blind. Today there are approximately 45,000 clubs in 202 countries world-wide and well over 1 million members.
The Johnson County Lions Club has been instrumental in the development of the municipal swimming pool and the first ball field at Ralph Stout Park, which so many of our children enjoy in the summertime. In addition, fifty-three Johnson Countians have been fitted for eyeglasses in the last few years. The Lions Club also supports ongoing local, national and international vision-related projects such as leader dog training and blindness prevention programs. As well $700 was donated last year to the Johnson City Children’s Hospital.
The turtles are busy in training for their races but they will need lots of encouragement, so come prepared to have a lot of fun cheering your turtles on to the finish line.