Two crews of nimble turtles crawled to victory at the Ashland City Lions Club’s 71st annual Turtle Derby.
“It was a sight to see,” said Derby announcer and longtime club member Steven Stratton. “And that’s truly the point.”
The event on Aug. 24 raised funds the Lions Club uses to pay for vision examinations and eyeglasses for Cheatham County residents who could not afford them otherwise. Donors buy sponsorships of the turtles and get to name their entries. The event is also sponsored by local businesses.
The Turtle Derby has been held each year since 1948 in front of the Cheatham County Courthouse. Boy Scouts from Troop 545 and Webelos from Cub Scout Pack 126 put the turtles into the starting gate and chased down runners after the heats.
“Most of us don’t bend at the waist as well as we used to,” Lions Club Vice President Fred Enters said.
The winner of the championship race this year was “Aunt Patsy”, who was sponsored by Soil Search of Tennessee.
Cheatham County residents needing financial assistance may fill out a request at Cheatham Eyecare on Hutton Place in Ashland City.