Postponed Independence Day celebration finally held in Rock County

Postponed Independence Day celebration finally held in Rock County

Luckily, the weather couldn’t keep “Turtle Days” down again.

The Turtle Township community postponed their July 4 celebration until late August due to flooding.

The volunteers who put the festival together claim that it’s not a fundraiser: All of their proceeds go toward setting up for next year.

The main reason for “Turtle Days,” organizers say, is to have fun. The weekend kicked off with softball on Friday, then Saturday all eyes were on truck and tractor pulls going on up the street from Sweet Allyn Park.

“It’s a blast. We have fun when we come out here,” said Janesville resident Carie Waugh.

Waugh grew up in Clinton and jokes that she’s been coming since before she can remember. “It kind of just brings the community together and gives everyone something fun to do on the weekend, celebrate the fourth of July.”

Event chairperson Melissa Haseman said the celebration is typically held the last weekend in June. And in the nearly 40 years the event has taken place, organizers have had to reschedule or cancel less than a handful of times.


“Unfortunately, we had all that flooding and the park was completely flooded and the field across from the park that we use was completely flooded as well as the grounds up here,” said Haseman.

New to “Turtle Days” this year were camel and pony rides. And of course the tractor pull is one of the largest draws of the weekend, pulling in 70 competitors from throughout the state. “There’s people that come from Racine County, Mineral Point, Darlington area, that travel a long way to come over here,” said volunteer Paul Luety.

Organizers expected around 3,000 people to come to the area for the weekend. “If we don’t have it, I think not only would the township people, but the people who come and celebrate with us would be a little sad,” said Haseman.

Those who came said they weren’t the only ones looking forward to it. “The day after it’s over, everybody is looking at doing something again for next year again already,” said Luety.

“The combine derby, the tractor pulls, tuck pulls, brings me out every year,” said Waugh.

The traditional fourth of July festivities continue on Sunday with a parade at noon and a fireworks show later at night.