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Milder weather boosts Turtle Derby participation

Darrel Burton lifts the starting gate on a preliminary heat at the Turtle DerbyDarrel Burton lifts the starting gate on a preliminary heat at the Turtle Derby. Fans and spectators alike welcomed the milder temperatures at the sixth annual event at the Alamo Mission Museum. The mercury topped out at 92°, a full 10 degrees cooler than the previous year. Approximately 100 fans cheered as the 35 racers competed for a spot in the final race. For more information, see the July 12 edition of the Mount Vernon Optic-Herald.