Lawn mower rac­ing in Jar­rettsville Satur­day

Cecil Whig - - LOCAL - By ERIKA QUESENBERY STURGILL

eque­sen­bery@ches­pub.com

— Spring has sprung, for the most part, and with the sun­shine comes the need to mow the lawn. For some that chore is more fun than it is for oth­ers.

JAR­RETTSVILLE

If you want to find out just how much fun a lawn­mower can be, head over to Jack’s Small En­gines at 1745 Jar­rettsville Road in Jar­rettsville this Satur­day. From 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., you’ll ex­pe­ri­ence lawn­mow­ers like you have never seen. We’re not talk­ing gar­den va­ri­ety here, pun very much in­tended.

The United States Lawn Mower Rac­ing Ex­hi­bi­tion will hold a race at Jack’s Small En­gines dur­ing the an­nual open house this Satur­day. All the fun and ex­cite­ment of lawn mower rac­ing is part of the day, along with a chance to meet Mary­land State lawn mower rac­ing cham­pi­ons Manny Tor­res, of Port De­posit, and Lou Fi­los, of Bel Air.

Tor­res is the United States Lawn Mower Rac­ing As­so­ci­a­tion, USLMRA, Na­tional Tech Di­rec­tor, a veteran racer and true turf war­rior. Fi­los is a me­chanic and owner of Lit­tle Lou’s Lawn Ser­vice. He is also a coach and men­tor to his two rac­ing daugh­ters, Dawn and Lau­ren, ages 24 and 17, who have been rac­ing their en­tire lives.

The event is free and fun for all ages with a moon bounce, plenty of food, chain­saw carv­ing, raf­fles, giveaways, equip­ment demon­stra­tions and a chance to hang out with the Ravens mas­cot Poe and the Ori­oles bird.

Lo­cal area USLMRA rac­ing cham­pi­ons are lawn mow­ing ex­perts and both Tor­res and Fi­los, along with oth­ers, will of­fer equip­ment clean­ing tips and best prac­tices on pre­par­ing equip­ment – mow­ers to weed wack­ers – for spring time use.

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