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It's going to be like Father's Day in autumn

Sat, Aug 18th 2018 07:00 am
Committee members for the Father's Day Lawnmower Race met this week to plan this year's event, which has moved to Sept. 15. Pictured, from left, are committee members Skip Mazenauer, publisher of the Island Dispatch; Gary Roesch, Mary Ehde and Eric Berger. Committee members not pictured are: Floyd Doring, Lynn Dingey, Becky Stufkosky, Peter Marston, Jodi Robinson, Rod Reisdorf, Paul Proctor, Mark Leffler, Kevin Cobello, Pat Patterson, Kim Kalman, John Pullano, Jennifer Baney, Tom Long, Tom Snyder, Gary Roesch, Dan McMahon and Ray DeGlopper.
Committee members for the Father's Day Lawnmower Race met this week to plan this year's event, which has moved to Sept. 15. Pictured, from left, are committee members Skip Mazenauer, publisher of the Island Dispatch; Gary Roesch, Mary Ehde and Eric Berger. Committee members not pictured are: Floyd Doring, Lynn Dingey, Becky Stufkosky, Peter Marston, Jodi Robinson, Rod Reisdorf, Paul Proctor, Mark Leffler, Kevin Cobello, Pat Patterson, Kim Kalman, John Pullano, Jennifer Baney, Tom Long, Tom Snyder, Gary Roesch, Dan McMahon and Ray DeGlopper.
Due to the ongoing construction of the West River Connector Trail, which caused the removal of the West River Parkway, this year's Grand Island Father's Day Lawnmower Race has moved to the fall.
The 25th installment of the Father's Day Lawnmower Race fundraiser will take place in Veterans Park at noon, Sept. 15, and honor the late Mary Dunbar-Daluisio, as well as host the annual Kevin Doring Memorial Walk/Run. Dunbar-Daluisio was a longtime chair of the Grand Island Relay For Life, a beneficiary of proceeds from the race, and Doring was the son of one of the race founders, Floyd Doring.
Organizers of the event expect a Saturday of family fun with new features like food trucks and activities for kids, such as a miniature golf putting green. A celebrity race and live music are planned.
The races annually took place on West River Parkway, but the conversion of the parkway to a multi-use path forced the committee to look for a new venue.

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