ELLERBE — The Ellerbe Lions Club opens the Lawn Mowing Racing season this Saturday.
Rex Crouch, who took over duties nearly three years ago, says everyone involved is excited about the new season starting up as fall approaches. He says he’s expecting 30-40 drivers to compete in what he calls “a good family event.”
“Cooler weather makes it a lot more fun and enjoyable when it’s not hot. We’re anxious and ready to start,” Crouch said.
The Lions Club is located at 306 Millstone Road in Ellerbe. Gates for Saturday’s local race open at 3 p.m. and racing begins at 6 p.m. There is a $5 fee for spectators, but kids six and under are free. There will be food vendors and activities (foot races, water-balloon tosses, etc.) for the children during halftime.
This weekend’s event will be a follow up to the club’s spring season which featured a national event that Crouch dubbed “Racing for Taylor,” which was a benefit race that supported of his daughter and raised money for Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis. That race — which featured competitors from Virginia, Georgia, New York, Michigan and a few other states — was the fifth national race Crouch dedicated to a specific cause.
The club was able to raise a little more than $2,000 that weekend.
“It was a lot work and a lot of headache, but it’s really neat to get people from all over the country here to support your cause and race with you,” Crouch said. “There were a lot of new guys I’ve never met who really liked the track.”
For more information, call Crouch at 910-995-0750 or visit Ellerbe Lions Club Lawn Mower Racing on Facebook.
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