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108 terrapins take part in annual Catfish Festival Terrapin Race

Kobe Annis took first place in terrapin race, brother Weston provided moral support.

It took 11 heats featuring at total of 108 terrapins but when the dust had settled, terrapin #40 belonging to Kobe Annis came out on top and took home the $25 top prize.  Second place went to Sally Butler's terrapin #78 ($15), and terrapin #103 - Kypton and Erica McKinney - finished in third place ($10).  The race was held at 9 a.m. this morning - July 4 - at the Roger Gaskey Softball Field in the Charles Black City Park. 

The championship round featured the winners of each individual heat.  Each of the 11 heats had a first, second and third place, which paid out $10, $7, and $5, respectively.  

The annual event, one of the longest running of the entire festival, is sponsored by Cassia Lodge #272 F&AM in Morgantown.  There is no entry fee and each child, up to age 14, may enter up to two terrapins in the race. 

Below is a list of all heat winners:


Heat 1:

1. #1-Weston Merritt

2. #77-Trenton Butler

3. #67-Daniel Martin


Heat 2:

1. #78-Sally Butler

2. #13-Briley Webster

3. #89-Eli Brooks


Heat 3:

1. #58-Shane White

2. #101-Ethan Cardwell

3. #90-Jenna Brooks


Heat 4:

1. #80-Cooper Embry

2. #48-Kealynn Givens

3. #37-Will Embry


Heat 5:

1. #103-Kypton & Erica McKinney

2. #38-Drew Hatcher

3. #70-Maggie Drake


Heat 6:

1. #82-Aliyah Perrin

2. #17-Henry McKinney

3. #28-Carley Givens


Heat 7:  

1. #40-Kobe Annis

2. #18-Hayden Whitaker

3. #7-Alexis Rodriguez


Heat 8:

1. #41-Weston Annis

2. #84-Mattalyn Johnson

3. #62-Alexis White


Heat 9:

1. #53-Kaleb Cannon

2. #96-Parker Smith

3. #85-Addisyn Johnson


Heat 10:

1. #97-Mattie Smith

2. #21-Mason Brooks

3. #108-Bryson Britt


Heat 11:

1. #65-Hayden Cardwell

2. #44-Zackery Gwathney

3. #55-Donavan Hoon


The scene of registration at the terrapin race  9 AM Wednesday.


Defying gravity Wednesday morning at the race is a terrapin owned by Ethan Cardwell (foot shown))


What it’s about-Henry McKinney (L) surrounded by supporters yells for the orange terrapin Wednesday morning at the Catfish Festival. “Orange” finished second in race number 6.

Stay connected to Beech Tree News/WLBQ 1570 AM for the best, most comprehensive coverage of the Green River Catfish Festival.  


Story by John Embry; photos by Diane Dyer and Roger Southerland. 



Thanks for the hard work on the terrapin race. Maggie loved the morning.
The best event of the Festival!
This was Henry's first time entering the race. He loved every second of it!
Wow! Great to see so many kids participate! Great event!

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