The 9th Annual Belton Kiwanis Turtle Festival was held April 30 in downtown Belton's Yetti Polk Park. The festival is a fundraiser to help fund service, leadership, and scholarship opportunities for children. Visitors were catered to many free activities to include mechanical bull rides, petting zoo, bounce houses, face painting, and barrel train rides. Over 40 exhibitors provided information on surrounding businesses. The popular festival snow cones and funnel cakes were available to help satisfy all the young at heart.

Photo by Elizabeth Varville

Everything turtle could be seen throughout the park.

Photo by Elizabeth Varville

The main attraction, The Real Live Turtle Race, showcased pet turtles of all sizes so called racing to the finish line.

Photo by Elizabeth Varville

The turtle properly named "Speedy" was greeted with overwhelmingly enthusiastic fans as he was announced the grand prize winner earning his owner, Sebastian Davila, a whopping 50 bucks.