Last week’s showers caused a number of casualties. Cars were washed away by floods, and people were injured in accidents on the county’s roadways. Another casualty was a lawnmower racing event at Veterans Memorial Park in Mount Airy.
“We just spent the money to have the track put in,” said Veterans of Foreign Wars post commander David Raborn. “We didn’t want to tear it up in our first race.”
Raborn said last week’s rain culminated in a muddy mess on the dirt track which was to host Saturday’s first lawnmower racing event at Veterans Park. A racing event in the conditions could have caused irreparable harm to the track surface.
The inaugural event has been rescheduled for this Saturday. Racers will begin practice laps at about 5 p.m., and competition will start at 7 p.m.
The newly created venue includes seating for hundreds of spectators on bleachers donated by Cooke Rentals which received a breath of new life from the veterans organizations which run the park. Raborn said spectators are also welcomed to bring their own lawn chairs.
Those who attend the event can expect to pay $7 for entry into the races, said Raborn. Children under 10 will be admitted for $3.
Raborn also noted the VFW and American Legion concession stands will be open for those who wish to purchase snacks or drinks. Thus, no outside coolers or drinks are permitted at the event.
Though a week late, Raborn said the lawnmower races should be action packed. Some of the machines will be able to reach speeds of between 50 mph and 60 mph on the track.
Hours of exciting races, throughout a number of lawnmower divisions, are on the docket for Saturday. When all is said and done, Raborn said spectators will view hours of racing, with the event planned to wrap up around 10 p.m.
This is expected to be more than an annual event. Raborn said a racing event is also planned for the final day of the fair and another event is slotted to take place in early October.
Andy is a staff writer and may be reached at 415-4698.