This Week In Hillbilly America: Lawn Mower Drag Races

This Week In Hillbilly America: Lawn Mower Drag Races

Marci moved to the country with her husband and children, this is her story.

A few weeks ago, our town held the annual week-long celebration of its history and heritage. There are several events throughout the week, but without a doubt, the most popular event year after year is the lawn mower drag races. Nope, you didn't read that wrong - Lawn. Mower. Drag. Races. Main Street is lined with folks watching fellas who have spent hours soupin' up their mowers in hopes of capturing the beloved first place trophy. And because I love this event, I am right in the middle of the crowd, cheering and waiting impatiently for the next race to begin. The races are determined by "classes," and the lawn mowers are classified by their level of souped-up-ed-ness.  (And yes, that actually is a word.  It's in the Redneck Dictionary).

Lawn mower racing appears to be popular in other parts of the U.S. as well. My question is...who first decided to put an ATV or snow mobile motor in a lawn mower and race it? How did this idea develop? I'm willing to speculate that there were some good ol' country boys sitting around a fire, drinking beer, and thinking of ways to make redneck life a little more interesting and dangerous. I have personally witnessed some brilliant ideas born in such a situation. The brainstorming/experiment session typically ends with a trip to the Emergency Room, but it always provides a good laugh on the way home from the hospital and a classic story to share with the boys for years to come.

Without further ado, here is a video of a drag race filmed in my town a few years ago:

Next year, I plan to take a few pictures of an attraction my husband first noticed this year: for just 50 cents, you could take a swing at an old car with a sledgehammer. It didn't surprise me at all to hear that there was a long line of ladies and gents waiting to get their smash on. We rednecks love smashing stuff, and I've got a year to work on my swing.

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Marci is a Licensed Behavior Specialist Consultant, along with a wife, mother of 2, problem solver extraordinaire, and (of course) part-time superhero.

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