Used tractors are starting to make their appearance on lawns across the nation, although some of these machines may be running for a different cause.
According to North Carolina's Statesville Record & Landmark, lawn mower races were a featured event at the inaugural Eddit Rovinette Memorial Lawn Mower Race & Festival, which was put on to benefit Dove House Children's Advocacy Center. The latter provides a shelter for young people who have been the victims of sexual abuse.
Jack Grossman, who serves as a member of the shelter's board of directors, told the paper he didn't know much about lawn mower racing
"We did our due diligence and found out lawn mower racing has gotten very popular in the past several years," Grossman said.
Grossman is right on that account, as many festivals across the country have started to feature used tractor races. The machines are divided into classes based on their modifications, while some events even provide amateurs a chance to race.
The North Carolina festival is named after a local resident and mower racing fan who died in the last year. The races were held by Highland View Motorsports, which helped coordinate the event.