THE TURTLE DERBY –MORE FUN THAN A BARREL OF MONKEYS!
Free admission! Win cash prizes! Win door prizes! Have more fun than ought to be allowed!
THIS YEAR’S DERBY The 2019 Turtle Derby was held on Saturday November 2 at The Johnson City Boys and Girls Club with over 100 in attendance. Lots of fun was had by all, and cash and door prizes were awarded to the winners. If you missed this year’s derby, be sure to attend the 2020 spectacular.
THE NEXT DERBY The 2020 Turtle Derby will be held in the fall of 2020. Watch this page for an announcement of the date, time and place!
Since 1952 the annual Turtle Derby has been the Johnson City Lions Club’s biggest fundraiser.
That’s right – we race turtles. And until you’ve seen it, you won’t believe you can have this much fun – and it’s free!
In 2010, we added a new twist – mechanical toy turtles. You see, this time of year, turtles would rather be napping than racing, and sometimes the ornery little guys just won’t cooperate. So we took the hint and got some mechanical cousins to do the work for them. And, boy, is it great. Those little guys run until their batteries fall off!
Now, all this fun has a serious purpose. The money raised supports the Lions’ charitable work in our community, our region, and across the world. Each year we raise over $20,000 to provide eyeglasses to people in our community, support the Tennessee Lions Eye Center at Vanderbilt Hospital, provide disaster relief through the Lions Club International Foundation, and fund many other projects.
PROVIDE A DOOR PRIZE Businesses, provide a door prize for the Derby. Demonstrate your commitment to making our community a great place to live and get valuable exposure. Contact the Turtle Derby Chairman.
Lions Clubs – Interested in having a Derby? Any Lions Club wishing to obtain information about the operation of a Turtle Derby may contact the Turtle Derby Chairman.