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AHOY! Oscar to take to the sea in a pirate adventure

June 10, 2014

Sam Skinner was a participant in the 2013 Turtle Race during the Turtle Days festival with his turtle, Speed.

CHURUBUSCO — “Oscar’s Pirate Adventure” is the theme for the 65th Annual Turtle Days Festival, which begins Wednesday at 6 p.m. in Churubusco.

The festival this year is duly named in honor of the hunt for Oscar, Churubusco’s legendary, if not mythical, turtle which began in 1949.

The event’s namesake is a large snapping turtle allegedly first spotted in 1898 and then searched for in earnest in the late 1940s. He has been known for decades as Oscar, or the Beast of ‘Busco.

This year’s adventure begins with some additional features added to the festival.

“We have some exciting new things planned for this year’s festival,” said Turtle Days Association leaders. “This year we have contracted with Poor Jack Amusements to bring the best midway around.”

Paratus Air will be offering helicopter tours over town, which will give those who ride an “exciting view of the festival.”

Pirate-themed face painting will be offered for free.

A poker run will be held Saturday, with 50 percent of the proceeds benefiting Turtle Days. Sign up is at 11 a.m. at The Wolf Lake Bar and Grill. The cost is $10 per bike and $5 for each rider. The last bike will leave the bar and grill at noon.

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