The annual Grand Island Father's Day Lawn Mower Races, Classic Car Show and 5K Kevin Doring Memorial Walk are taking registrations for the kind of competitive but mostly fun day, Sunday, June 16, on West River Parkway between Long Road and Sunset Drive. Proceeds benefit the Grand Island Relay For Life/American Cancer Society.
New to the day is a 5K walk in memory of Kevin Doring, son of race organizers Floyd and Chie Doring. Kevin passed away from cancer during the spring of this year. Registration for the walk begins at 8 a.m., with the race starting at 10.
Each year, the race committee emphasizes the family nature of the event with sportsmanship and courtesy to be the hallmark of the day. No alcohol may be consumed by any driver on the day of the event. Every driver must wear a U.S. Department of Transportation-approved helmet in order to compete, and long pants, enclosed shoes and shirts are required on the track. A race steward will oversee all machines, contestants and races for adherence to rules.
Categories for the lawn mowers are expanded each year and include a kids' class (ages 8-12), a stock and super stock class, a modified class and supermodified. Further information on the mowers and walk/race information is detailed on www.gilawnmowerraces.webs.com.
Race registration is from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., and there is a drivers meeting at 11:30 a.m. Races begin at noon and end at 3:30 p.m. Awards will follow at 4 p.m., and the best-decorated lawn mowers will win prizes. Music for the day is by the U.S.A. Band.