A Grand Island tradition returns Saturday, June 20, in the annual Grand Island Fathers Day Lawn Mower Race & Classic Car Show.
Registration begins at 9 a.m. for the race/walk, which will start at 10 a.m. The lawnmower races start at 2 p.m., with car show awards be presented at 3 p.m. and lawnmower awards at 5 p.m.
The race takes place on the West River Parkway, near Long Road.
There is food and beverages available for purchase.
For more information and a list of sponsors, visit http://gilawnmowerraces.webs.com/.
Gentlemen, start your mowers!
Drivers will start their engines Saturday, June 20, for the greatest spectacle in lawnmowing.
The Grand Island Father's Day Lawn Mower Race, Classic Car Show, and Kevin Doring Memorial 5K Walk and 10K Run will take place Saturday, June 20, between Long and Sunset roads in Grand Island. The rain date for this event is Sunday, June 21.
The race began on the Island in 1978 and has raised more than $30,000 on behalf of local charities. In the past six years, funds raised from the race have been donated to the Grand Island Relay For Life and its support of the American Cancer Society.
Founded when two Island neighbors had an argument on Father's Day about who had the faster riding lawn mower, the event has grown over time into a spectacle of racing and other entertainment that has attracted hundreds to the Island's West River shoreline, including many from off the Island.
The Grand Island Lawn Mower Race includes:
•The lawn mower race registration begins at 9 a.m. in front of 3957 West River Road.
•The classic car show will run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
•The Kevin Doring Memorial 5K Walk and 10K Run will start at 10 a.m.
•Lawn mower races begin at 2 p.m.
•Car show awards will be presented at 3 p.m.
The event will also feature music, a variety of children's' activities, and food by Grand Island Relay For Life team Stomp It Out.
For more information, visit www.gilawnmowerraces.webs.com.
Lawm Mower Race committee thanks sponsors
The Grand Island Father's Day Lawn Mower Race, Kevin's 5K Walk/10K Run & Classic Car Show will take place from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, June 20, at 3957 West River Road between Long and Sunset roads.
Since the Lawn Mower Race began in 1978, it has raised over $30,000 on behalf of local charities. In the past six years, funds raised from the event have been donated to the Grand Island Relay For Life in its support of the American Cancer Society.
In addition to the greatest spectacle in lawn mowing, the event will also feature music, food vendors, a variety of children's activities, and a garage sale hosted by the Grand Island Lions Club. Between 300 and 500 riders, participants, supporters and volunteers are expected at the event.
Pictured, the race committee recognizes sponsors for the event. From left: Tommy Long (Sam Long Landscaping and excavation); John Whitney; Tom Snyder (B.A.D. Racing); Eric Berger (AA Insurance Company); Mary Dunbar-Daluisio (Fuccillo); Gary Roesch (committee chairperson); Lynn Dingey (GI Relay For Life chairperson); Linda Kutzbach (REMAX); Kevin Cobello (K&D Action Photo & Aerial Imaging); Chi Doring (event founder); John Pullano (Lipsitz & Ponterio); Floyd Doring (event founder). Not pictured: Brian Runions (Northtown Auto and Land Rover); Chris Taylor (Certified Autobrokers); Pete Marsten (Marsten Power Equipment).