Live Oak —
The 16th Annual Lawnmower Race was a huge success despite the rain on Saturday, March 29. With a record of two consecutive years of rainouts on this event, 2014 was not much different. The Arc North Florida held their breath and took the dive. How exciting to see the diehard supporting teams and businesses showing up and participating in the rain at John’s Lawn Equipment. They registered for the race, bought raffle tickets for the great items donated from surrounding businesses and voted on whether to delay the race or move forward. Let the races begin was their answer.
The Arc’s staff and volunteers were decked out in rain gear and umbrellas, the race pit stops were manned and the Husqvarna mowers were revving. Teams from First Federal Bank of Florida, Suwannee County Tax Collector, Suwannee County elected officials, Melody Church, Hannah’s Homies, and WB Howland’s competed in tag team relays. Individual racers competed from FP&L, Hallmark Driving, Wes Haney Chevrolet, Certified Plumbing, McCrimon’s Office Systems and Southeastern Machine Works. Event and track sponsors showed their support with signs and banners placed around the track.
As in past years, no one was able to hold an “umbrella” to the top winning fundraising team, Hannah’s Homies! This year they did it again by raising over $2,570 in donations from friends and family.
The team that won first place in the actual race was Suwannee County Tax Collector's Office. Second place went to Hannah's Homies. The first place race winner for individual was Southeastern Machine Works and second place went to Wes Haney Chevrolet.
When an event like this is washed out and the community members still come out and play in the rain, it validates on how blessed The Arc North Florida is to have such wonderful supporters.