Turtles, classic cars strut their stuff at Strawberry Festival

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 12 June 2016 at 12:00 am

Photos by Tom Rivers

ALBION – Miranda Gebo, 10, of Albion gives The Turtle a high five on Saturday during the The Amazing Turtle Race on the Erie Canal. Miranda’s brother, Nikolas Greean, wore the turtle costume during the Strawberry Festival.

There were about 750 tickets sold for the race, with proceeds used to help pay for the festival.

The Turtle is joined by other onlookers in watching the turtles race down the Erie Canal, heading east from the Main Street Lift Bridge.

Local Boy Scouts and Albion Rotarian Don Bishop are waiting in canoes for the fastest turtles.

The turtles are numbered from 1 to 1,000. Five Star Bank staff manage the event for the Strawberry Festival.

The winning turtles and prizes include: first ($500), Robert Tiberio of Albion; second ($300), Jim Summers of Kent; third ($100), Lori Sheffer of Albion, $100; fourth ($50), Brady Christiaansen of Medina; fifth ($50), Ellen Chandler.

There were 40 classic cars in the car show sponsored by the Don Davis dealership.

This 1964 Impala owned by Frank and Judy Mack won the favorite car award from spectators at the car show.

Danny Marek of Albion bought this 1952 Chevrolet truck last year and made it a winter project, refurbishing the interior, clear-coating the paint and using an old barn door as a new bed for the truck. Marek likes the rustic look with the truck. It was one of the most talked about vehicles in the car show.