Boissevain’s Tommy Turtle turned 50 years old this year and Boissevain-Morton residents will be gathering this weekend to celebrate the milestone. 

For decades Boissevain has been known as Turtle Town and it goes back to the Canadian Turtle Derby and construction of the seven-meter-high Turtle Statue back in 1974. 

Several events are lined up for the weekend of July 12-14, and the Build a Rink fundraising committee has helped organize some activities. The SHELLABRATION event is in coordination with Tommy turning 50, and to make as big a SPLASH as the Turtle Derby races that took place every summer for 30 years in downtown Boissevain from 1971 to 2001. 

“We’re kind of overseeing the whole weekend,” said committee chair Duane Latimer. 

“We’ve got a cornhole tournament Friday, golf and ball tournaments on the weekend and a pool party on Saturday a t the new pool. There’s also a Turtle Thud dance Saturday night and a breakfast being served up by the Lions Club.” 


Latimer says the Build a Rink group is trying to raise $2 million dollars for a new arena and events like the Shellabration are a way of raising some money but also awareness about the arena fund raising project.