No foolin’, April 1 2012 is the 20th Birthday of the U.S. Lawn Mower Racing Association (USLMRA) and its STA-BIL Lawn & Garden Mower Racing Series, and commemorations have been announced to mark this “mowmentous milestone” of what started as a whimsical, tongue-in-cheek alternative to the escalating costs of motorsports to become “America’s fastest mowin’ sport.”
In the USLMRA hometown of Northbrook, Illinois, a Proclamation will declare the nation’s first “Mow Town Day” along with official acknowledgement that weekend chores can be fun as well as productive. An Official 20th Anniversary lawn mower racing song, “Runnin’ All Out” has also been unveiled to mark 20 years of sod slinging.
Bruce Kaufman, “Mr. Mow It All,” USLMRA Founder and President has been there from the beginning. “We’ve been kicking grass for 20 years,” said Kaufman. “Once we got mowin’ there’s been no slowin’. When it comes to racing mowers, to mow us is to love us!”
Kaufman would not divulge his plans for the April 1 “Mow Town Day”, for fear of looking foolish. Rumors of him spending the day pulling weeds from his yard, debating the issue of bushings on a 5/8 cam journal to make a 1/2″ cam work, replacing Peerless Transmissions, installing new valve springs, switching to a billet flywheel, enhancing carburetor performance or just sitting in a hammock could neither be confirmed or denied.
Village of Northbrook “Mow Town Day” Proclamation
The U.S. Lawn Mower Racing Association, which is headquartered in Northbrook, Illinois, was founded in 1992 and is the nation’s oldest and largest national lawn mower racing sanctioning body. The Association was founded by Northbrook resident Bruce J. Kaufman and Chicago resident Robert F. Hirsch.
This year the U.S. Lawn Mower Racing Association is celebrating its 20th Anniversary on April 1st. The motto of the U.S. Lawn Mower Racing Association is “Turning a Weekend Chore Into A Competitive Sport.”
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Sandra E. Frum, President of the Village of Northbrook, County of Cook and State of Illinois, do hereby proclaim Sunday, April 1, 2012, as MOW TOWN DAY in Northbrook. And acknowledge that weekend chores can be fun, as well as productive.
Dated: This 1st Day of April 2012.
Sandra E. Frum
“Runnin’ All Out ” – The Official Song of the USLMRA 20th Anniversary
“Runnin’ All Out ” – The Official Song of the USLMRA 20th Anniversary is a tribute to lawn mower racing. The song will raise money for Patriot Outreach to assist military personnel, law enforcement, first responders or those suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). “Runnin’ All Out” can be ordered at RunninAllOut.com.
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