Mowers add power to festival

The Armstrong Spallumcheen Chamber of Commerce’s 14th Annual Harvest Pumpkin Festival

Gentlemen, start your lawnmowers.

The Armstrong Spallumcheen Chamber of Commerce’s 14th Annual Harvest Pumpkin Festival is pleased to have the North Okanagan Lawnmower Racing Club joining the activities Saturday.

Warm-up begins at 10 a.m. followed by time trials and races.

“NOLRC racers have been part of Harvest Pumpkin Festival for the past 10 years and are always a crowd pleaser,” said chamber executive director Patti Noonan.

Starting with three drivers, they have grown into a club 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/h.

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.

Harvest Pumpkin Festival celebrates arts, culture and families with events that feature fun for everyone. It includes demonstrations, entertainment, lawn tractor racing, pumpkin catapult, petting zoo, arts and crafts, games, rollerskating, harvest suppers and more.

For more information on the 14th Annual Harvest Pumpkin Festival, visit www.aschamber.com – or like them on Facebook.