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.