ELLERBE — When the United States Lawnmower Racing Association Nationals comes to town, people always show up in large numbers.
Folks flocked to the Ellerbe Lions Club lawnmower track this past Saturday and Sunday not only to watch the races, but to lend a helping hand to Taylor Crouch, a Richmond County girl who is battling juvenile rheumatoid arthritis.
Organizers held a benefit cornhole tournament for Taylor at the lawnmower track Friday night.
“We raised about $400 after we paid out the winners,” said Taylor’s dad, Rex Crouch Jr. “We’re also selling T-shirts, stickers and armbands all weekend long.”
There were plenty of people to sell them to as hundreds of spectators lined the stands to watch lawnmower racers from all over the country battle it out on the track.
U.S. Lawnmower Racing Association President Bruce Kauffman, otherwise known as “Mr. Mow-It-All,” said there were 126 racers from 25 states participating between Saturday and Sunday.
“We’ve got people racing from as far away as Michigan, New Hampshire and Ohio,” said Kauffman. “We’re trying to branch west of the Rockies. We’ve done a few races in Oregon and California. It used to be we would do this anywhere there was a lawn, but now with these clay tracks… it’s nice the Lions Club was able to take an unused piece of land and turn it into something that’s fun and family-oriented.”
Kauffman also said the lawnmower racing association presented the Crouch family with a check for $200.
“We’re going to be honoring Taylor all weekend,” he said.
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