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Tradition continues with Father's Day Lawn Mower Race

by jmaloni

•Taken from the June 26 Island Dispatch

Fri, Jun 26th 2015 08:25 pm

The Grand Island Father's Day Lawn Mower Race, Classic Car Show and Kevin Doring Memorial 5K Walk and 10K Run took place Saturday on Grand Island. Spectators came out to watch the unique racers, get a glimpse of the custom lawn mowers on display and raise money for a worthy cause.

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.

Event founder Floyd Doring said 14 lawn mowers competed, reaching a top speed of 79.9 mph.

Crystal Giammanise won the 10K run from among the nine girls competing, Doring said. There were 45 cars in the classic car show.

"We raised a little over $4,200," Doring said of the event.

Pictured alongside the action, WGRZ Channel 2 reporter Erica Brecher interviews event founder Floyd Doring. 

Pictured alongside the action, WGRZ Channel 2 reporter Erica Brecher interviews event founder Floyd Doring.

 

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