turtle races!

Turtle racing is a thing. A big thing at Big Joe’s 2&6. Every Friday night.

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The Budweiser Turtle Race neon and the crowd’s enthusiasm is an declaration of the testudine performance sport’s legitimacy.

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Not to worry: Chucks, Doozy, Swisher, Lucky Dan and Jolanda, handsome red eared sliders, are well cared for and cherished pets.

Sean, the evening’s super cool, hilarious and sweet Master of Ceremonies and Turtle Caller.

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Doozy preparing for the lifting of dome.

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Lucky Dan, I think, preparing his race face.

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Tickets are dispensed with drinks

If your ticket number is called, you have a chance to pick the winner and draw the next ticket. The winning prize is a Big Joe’s 2&6 t-shirt, the losing prize is a drink. Tip: Jolanda may have been in a brumation phase (the turtle equivalent of hibernation) so if your number is called and you’re running low on cash for drinks Jolanda might be a good bet.

 

Watching the watchers watch the turtle race

The races are “broadcast” on screens throughout the bar. If you don’t arrive early, don’t fret, you’ll have a good view.

The night’s tense second race distilled into ~1 minute.

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