Friday, February 23, 2007

Gentlemen...Start Your Lawnmower!

LABELLE, Fl. ­ "Ladies and Gentlemen… Start Your Lawn Mowers" will be heard at the Swamp Cabbage Festival's Invitational Lawn Mower Races in LaBelle on Saturday, February 24 at 1:00 PM. Proceeds from the event will go to Healthy Start of Southwest Florida's mission to prevent premature births and infant deaths.

This year's race will feature everything from stock lawn mowers to home-made, souped-up machines with races for speed as well as endurance. Lawn mowers are built according to established guidelines and safety rules within a variety of mower classes. Anyone can race from 7 to 70, with special races for ladies, seniors and kids ages 7-11 and 12-16.

The Lawn Mower Races are part of the annual Swamp Cabbage Festival, which has been a yearly highlight in Southwest Florida's event calendar since 1965. Other entertainment at the Festival includes a 5K run, parade, arts & crafts, a rodeo Saturday night, a fishing tournament on Sunday and food featuring many dishes with hearts of palm. Admission is $3, children under 12 free.

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