Slow and steady wins the race for…Fluffy?

By on September 5, 2012

Rain gave way just in time for what turned out to be a tremendous day for Ephrata’s first-ever Turtle Derby, Sunday, Sept. 2.

Held on the grounds of the Ephrata Elks Lodge to benefit high school senior Parker Harley, an excellent crowd showed up to cheer on the turtles and lend support to the family of the EHS senior. Harley, 17, was diagnosed with Primary Sclerosing Cholangitis (PSC) in March and is in need of a liver transplant. PSC is a rare disease that causes inflammation and scarring in the ducts that bring bile out of the liver and into the digestive tract.

Sixteen heats, two hours of racing and 154 turtles later, the Grand Champion of the derby was "Fluffy the Turtle," sponsored by Kim and Mike Zeider of Ephrata. According to Harley’s mother Stephanie, the day was a huge success all around.

"The entire day — from the Millersville baseball boys helping to prep and cook the food, to the fantastic turnout of the community to show their support — made this a most successful first year for this event!" Stephanie said. "The Harley family and the committee would like to extend a huge thank you to everyone who gave their time, talents and treasures. This event would not have been possible without the tremendous amount of community support. Kudos to Ephrata!"

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