Who wants to get up early to climb onto a lawn mower and ride it as much as they can? Everyone at the Ruritan Club Lawn Mower Pull that took place on Saturday, September 9! Kids and adults alike climbed on their mowers, and hooked them to a sled that allowed them to pull anywhere from 700 to 2000 pounds of weight down a 320 foot track of orange soil. Warm weather, clear skies, and a sense of friendly competition encouraged lawn chairs and pop up pavilions to line the track and watch as dozens of kids and adults competed.
It had become a family sport for some, like Kathryn “Pearl” Elliott who helped her father, Dwayne, complete her purple painted tractor, affectionately named “Pearl’s Passion.” The family found an old “rust bucket” and pulled it out of the weeds. At that time the mower was nicknamed “Rusty,” but after some sand blasting, buffing, rewiring, weight bars, and other mechanical repairs it became the sporting machine folks watched win multiple trophies, including 1st place in one category.
Pick up a copy of the September 13 edition of the Northumberland Echo to read the full story