Racing Turtles in Perham, Minnesota

Perham, Minnesota [PUR-əm] has around 3,000 people, mostly of German and Norwegian descent.  We stopped there to have lunch with our friend Jana who has a summer home on a nearby lake.

Jana, who now has adult children, took us to the Lakes Cafe where she worked as a teenager.  I had rhubarb custard pie for dessert.  Over the years, I have had rhubarb pie and strawberry/rhubarb pie, but that was the first rhubarb custard pie I have had in 61 years.  My mother made the last one.  I don’t know if anyone else would care for it, but it was absolutely wonderful to me.  Does everyone have some food where nostalgia rules the taste buds?

Cindee Lundin created the three dimesional mural on the wall this year.

We then visited Turtle Park, where the 40th annual Perham International Turtle Racing was held this year.  They race turtles every Wednesday in June, July and August.  We were there in September.  The races were over, but it was fun to see the park.  And yes, it truly has had competitors from all over the world.

I have a feeling friends in D.C., New York and London might not understand.  But it is these little traditions that make small town America special.

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Date of our visit: 11 September 2018


About ralietravels

Ray and Alie (Ralie) are a retired couple who love to travel. Even during our working years, we squeezed a trip in whenever we could, often when we had to stretch the budget to do so. We have been fortunate to vacation in all 50 states, all the provinces of Canada and one territory and a little more than 50 countries. We like to drive, but we particularly love to travel back roads to find unusual sights, people, and experiences.
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8 Responses to Racing Turtles in Perham, Minnesota

  1. Garfield Hug says:

    I miss eating a rhubarb pie! Hmm custard rhubard pie I have never tried. It sounds yum!! Turtle race park sounds interesting. Do they include hares? We have a turtle museum here. Alot of different types of turtles are housed in this museum nestled in Chinese Gardens. It is movin g to a new location soon. I loved your post as it gave me a peek at life in USA Minnesota.😃

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  2. Keith & Loraine Beckman says:

    It is interesting to see that the competeing turtles all have been painted and I guess it is for recognition etc. Real neat pictures. Thank you . Hugs to all.

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  3. Rosemary Lakin says:

    Very special. Love the edges where you travel.

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  4. How magical to see these brightly colored turtles having a race. This really made me smile big. Your rhubarb custard pie sounds delicious. Christmas mince pies always remind me of my mom, who used to bake dozens of them every year to give to friends and family. 😃

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  5. Food helps us travel down Nostalgia Lane like few other items, especially dishes our mothers used to make. I am glad that pie brought back wonderful memories to you.

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  6. Mike says:

    I bet a lot of people just went to the turtle races to see the wrecks.

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