Longstanding Shopiere Days coming soon

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BDN file photo Tractors, fire engines, horses and floats were featured in a previous Shopiere Days Parade held in the Town of Turtle. The weekend celebration will be held June 21-23 this year.

TOWN OF TURTLE - Even after decades of events, the Town of Turtle's annual Shopiere Days keeps getting bigger thanks to dedicated volunteers.

Hosted by the Turtle Community Organization at Sweet Allyn Park, this year's fest is set from June 21-23. Shopiere Days co-chairman Paul Luety is one of many longstanding volunteers who have over the last 15 years helped bring a dying two-day fest back to a thriving three-day event stuffed to the gills with activities. He said about 40 volunteers help bring the festival to life during those three days.

"We've been able to grow it back to where it was 20 to 25 years ago," Luety said. "It's tradition. It's happened for so many years. The whole community gets together for the whole weekend."

The fun begins on June 21 with 4-H softball games, a vendor market and a carnival starting at 5 p.m. There's a $20 carnival wristband special from 6 - 10 p.m.

Starting at 6 p.m., one the weekend's main events begins: the truck and tractor pulls, featuring the South Central Wisconsin Tractor Pullers and the Badger Truck Pullers Association. At 8 p.m., music in the park begins with the band 35 South.

On June 22, the 4-H softball games begin at 8 a.m., followed by the vendors market at 10 a.m., adult softball games at 11 a.m. and the carnival at noon. There's a $20 wristband special from 1 - 5 p.m. that day. The truck and tractor pulls begin at noon, featuring the Illini State Pullers and the South Center Wisconsin Tractor Pullers. Those wishing to take part in the truck and tractor pulls may register from 10:30 a.m. - noon at the site that day. The band Over the Limit will perform at Shopiere Tap starting at 9 p.m.

"(Shopiere Days) is a big part of the community," Luety said. "Everyone looks forward to the weekend in area."

On June 23, the day will kick-off with a 5K race starting at 7:30 a.m. at Sweet Allyn Park. Same-day registration begins at 7 a.m., with a $20 entry fee. There's also a family discount for three or more runners for $5 off the total entrance fee.

Also on June 23 there will be adult softball games starting at 8 a.m., the vendor market starting at 10 a.m. and the carnival at noon (with $20 wristband specials from 1-5 p.m.). The annual 2019 Shopiere Days parade will begin at noon, followed by the derby course race at 1 p.m., tug-o-war pulls at 1:30 p.m. and music in the park featuring the Zac Matthews Band starting at 5 p.m.

To culminate the exciting weekend, fireworks begin at dark on June 23.

Food and beer tents will be available all weekend.

For more information, including entry forms for many of the activities, visit the "Shopiere Days" Facebook group.

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