In 2004, the Mackinac Island Community Foundation decided to do something special for it's 10th anniversary. They brought 21 large fiberglass turtles to the island, sponsored by businesses and painted by local artists. Turtles Around Town
, as it was known, raised $60,000 for non-profit organizations on the island, according to the MICF website. You can still find many of these turtles located around the island.
The turtles were manufactured by America's Fiberglass Animals (formerly Prewitt Fiberglass) in Shelton, Nebraska. You can view photos of the journey of one of the turtles on the MICF website
Ever curious, I decided to contact America's Fiberglass Animals to see if they ever sell single turtles to individuals. Guess what? They do! They still have the mold used for the Mackinac Island turtles and in less than 8 weeks, you can have one in your backyard! Each turtle costs about $1400 delivered, weighs about 50 pounds and is ready to be painted.
They deliver about 25 animals at a time to locations all around the country so the price might be slightly higher if they need to go to a more remote location.
I can already imagine having one of these turtles in our backyard painted in our daughter's favorite colors, purple and pink!
If you would like a Mackinac Island turtle of your own, contact America's Fiberglass Animals
for additional information.