June 16, 2011

Turtle Days 2011 Celebrates “Beast of Busco”

Turtle Days is the oldest continuously running festival of Indiana held annually in Churubusco (Turtletown USA), celebrating the legend of “Oscar the Turtle,” the “Beast of Busco.”

The Sightings
In 1948, two men from Churubusco, Ora Blue and Charley Wilson, claim to have seen the Beast of Busco while fishing in Fulk Lake.

In 1948, Gale Harris, owner of the property which contained Folk Lake, claimed to have seen the creature.

In March 1949, Gale Harris claims to have seen the Beast of Busco again.

On October 13th 1949, 200 plus people reportedly saw the Beast of Busco as it appeared at the surface the lake in an attempt to catch a duck being used as a lure.

The Stats – (Where applicable)

• Classification: Lake Monster / Unknown
• Size: As big as the top of a car
• Weight: Unknown
• Diet: Carnivorous
• Location: Churubusco, Indiana
• Movement: Swimming and four legged walking
• Environment: Lake Bottom


This year we will celebrate the 62nd Churubusco Turtle Days Festival (TM), June 15-18, 2011 in honor of the hunt for “Oscar” which began in 1949. The four day festival is filled with contests, vendors, concessions, music, games, rides, fireworks, and many activities for the whole family.
Help make this year’s festival one to remember, by getting involved, sponsoring, or participating in the celebration.

Click to see the 2011 Festival Visitor’s Guide.

Or check out the SCHEDULE.

The Turtle Days Board has chosen
Oscar’s Island Adventure
as the theme for
Turtle Days Festival 2011
June 15th-18th

During the short week of the festival we have an opening ceremony, live bands, nightly raffle drawings, karaoke contests for children and adults, a talent show, nightly bingo, car/truck/bike show, motorcycle poker run, merchants, food and craft vendors, amusement rides, a trap shoot contest, tractor pull, horseshoe and cornhole tournaments, youth sporting events, beer tent, BBQ cook-off, all-u-can eat fish and tenderloin dinner, pancake and sausage breakfast, chicken BBQ, and more. We also have a day just for the kids, with games and *turtle races. On the final evening the annual Turtle Days Parade features floats, ball players, color guards, cheerleaders, classic cars, trucks, bikes, animals and much much more. Then to top off the festival, Saturday night we have a spectacular fireworks display.

*The Turtle Days board would like to ask that if participating in the turtle race on kids day that you please do not bring any endangered turtles.

Loren Coleman About Loren Coleman
Loren Coleman is one of the world’s leading cryptozoologists, some say “the” leading living cryptozoologist. Certainly, he is acknowledged as the current living American researcher and writer who has most popularized cryptozoology in the late 20th and early 21st centuries. Starting his fieldwork and investigations in 1960, after traveling and trekking extensively in pursuit of cryptozoological mysteries, Coleman began writing to share his experiences in 1969. An honorary member of Ivan T. Sanderson’s Society for the Investigation of the Unexplained in the 1970s, Coleman has been bestowed with similar honorary memberships of the North Idaho College Cryptozoology Club in 1983, and in subsequent years, that of the British Columbia Scientific Cryptozoology Club, CryptoSafari International, and other international organizations. He was also a Life Member and Benefactor of the International Society of Cryptozoology (now-defunct). Loren Coleman’s daily blog, as a member of the Cryptomundo Team, served as an ongoing avenue of communication for the ever-growing body of cryptozoo news from 2005 through 2013. He returned as an infrequent contributor beginning Halloween week of 2015. Coleman is the founder in 2003, and current director of the International Cryptozoology Museum in Portland, Maine.

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