Lawnmowers revved up for Armstrong Pumpkin Festival

Lawnmowers will be out in full force during the 13th annual Harvest Pumpkin Festival in Armstrong

Lawnmowers will be out in full force during the 13th annual Harvest Pumpkin Festival in Armstrong.

The North Okanagan Lawnmower Racing Club joins festival activities on Saturday, Oct. 26, at the IPE fairgrounds.

“Club racers have been part of Harvest Pumpkin Festival for the past nine years and are always a crowd pleaser,” said Patti Noonan, executive director of the Armstrong Spallumcheen Chamber of Commerce.

Starting with three drivers, the club has grown into an organization of more than 20 members and can be found racing throughout the Okanagan Valley, the Kootenays and into the Fraser Valley. They organize approximately 10 events per year, including the annual Harvest Pumpkin Festival race.

The tractors are modified to increase safety and speed, but keep the lawn tractor look. With a few modifications such as handle bar steering, lower suspension and pulley changes, these mowers can reach speeds of up to 100 km/hour.

“Drivers are required to wear safety gear and the raceway is designed to be safe, fun and most of all, provide a great race experience for riders and spectators alike,” said Noonan.

Harvest Pumpkin Festival celebrates arts, culture and families for 14 days that feature fun for everyone. It includes demonstrations, treats, entertainment, lawn tractor racing, pumpkin catapult, petting zoo, pumpkin carving, games, family rollerskating, harvest suppers and more.

For more information on the 13th Annual Harvest Pumpkin Festival, visit  www.aschamber.com.