The town of Nisswa boasts many great happenings year long, but in the summer it is widely known for two things; turtle racing and shopping.
49th Annual Nisswa Turtle Races happen every Wednesday from June 6th – August 15th at the Nisswa Turtle Track behind the gazebo on Main Street. Register before 2PM because the races start promptly. It is $4 per racer and each racer receives an official 2012 Nisswa Turtle Race Button. But be sure to get there early because the town fills up fast.
How Nisswa Turtle Races Work.
First purchase your official turtle button to race, the announcer to call your race number (heats have 15 to 20 racers at a time), enter the “racing ring” in the middle of the track, pick out your turtle, listen for the whistle and let your turtle go! After heat racing is over – the winners from each heat will compete for the “Grand Champion” of the Nisswa Turtle Races. Other Special Races to participate include the Resort Race, Out of State/Country Race, Grandparents Race, Tiny Tots Race, and the coveted Locals Only Race.
Pretty Good Shopping.
That’s the city of Nisswa’s shopping motto. But unique may describe it best. From a coffee shop, bakery, deli, pizza, fast food and a diner—your lunch will not go unmissed. Meanwhile you can browse the vast clothing, trinkets, sports, antiques and specialty stores available all within walking distance. But don’t forget to stop by our friends at the Chocolate Ox downtown Nisswa (also a mini version on Grand View’s main property) and grab some great ice cream or a chunk of fudge.
Nisswa’s Bucket List.
Also this summer, come check out the July 3rd Freedom Day Celebration & Parade and celebrate your country’s birthday! Or if you want to be more adventurous, participate in the July 7th Nisswa favorite, the Firecracker Run. July 14th join the “Cruise Into Nisswa” Three Lakes Car Show or the Gull Chain of Lakes also celebrates its 100th Anniversary on July 30th. And for the shopaholic in you be prepared for shop-a-mania during Nisswa Crazy Days August 10th – 11th where you’ll get the best discounts and offers of the summer! There’s always something happening and in season in downtown Nisswa.