Kiwanis Turtle Festival returns to Belton

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Special to the Journal

It’s that time again! The 8th Annual Belton Kiwanis Turtle Festival, Home of the Ultimate Turtle Race is around the corner and it’s time to round up the turtles and set the stage for another Fun Day In The Park For Kids.This year’s festival is scheduled for April 25 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

On behalf of the entire Kiwanis Club of Belton, thank you for your past support of the Kiwanis Club annual Turtle Festival. Whether you were an event sponsor, activity sponsor, sold tickets for the Ultimate Turtle Race, or donated prizes, we really appreciate your contribution. It takes the whole community to make this event a success and I wanted to personally express my gratitude for your partnership in improving the lives of our children and our community.

Turtle Festival continues to grow in popularity and size; we are all incredibly amazed at what the Belton Kiwanis Club’s Annual Turtle Festival has done for our community and surrounding area. Bringing community resources, parents and kids together in Yettie Polk Park is simply wonderful. Furthermore, Turtle Festival enables the Belton Kiwanis Club to provide scholarships to high school seniors, recognize an outstanding 5th and 8th grader at each Belton elementary and middle school, sponsor leadership clubs in three schools, and help various agencies in our community and around the world. We are grateful for your past participation as an exhibitor and hope that you will participate again this year.

The Annual Belton Kiwanis Turtle Festival continues to have a local focus on the enrichment of children’s lives, family fun, youth appropriate games and entertainment, exhibits that support the needs of our children, as well as exhibits from local businesses and community organizations. Of course, the Ultimate Turtle Race and the “Real” Turtle Race are our two signature events. Funds raised from the Ultimate Turtle Race helps fund leadership development and recognition programs for children. Last year, we raced 2,000 rubber turtle turtles down Nolan Creek with almost all of them adopted. This year we will do it again – 2000 rubber turtles racing down Nolan Creek – all available for adoption for a chance to win a prize. Kid friendly activities, games and attractions continue to be added each year.

As always, we ask both Non-Profit Exhibitors and Commercial Exhibitors to host a FREE activity for kids. Some exhibitors give prizes for kids’ participation in an activity, some for hourly drawings, and/or items of nominal value just for stopping by their exhibit. Then, of course, decorating your exhibit in a TURTLE THEME is always a plus!
Kiwanis is a global organization of volunteers dedicated to improving the world one child and one community at a time. The Kiwanis Club of Belton, Texas is committed to creating and supporting local area community service projects that impact the lives of children and to providing Service Leadership Programs to help develop leaders of tomorrow. For more information on the Kiwanis Club of Belton, visit

Exhibit applications can be found at