Racers Mow Down Euharlee Saturday
by Amanda Stegall
May 05, 2011 | 1474 views | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Lawnmowers are not the typical idea of a racing vehicle, but the city of Euharlee will be changing that thought.

Continuing the event from last year, Mow Down is scheduled for Sautrday at Frankie Harris Park. Gates open at 11 a.m. and activities for children also will be available with inflatable play equipment. Races are scheduled to begin around 12:30 p.m. Entrance fees are $10 for adults and $3 for children 12 and under.

After attending a similar event a few years ago, Mayor Kathy Foulk passed the idea along as a fundraiser for the Crime Stoppers organization based out of Euharlee.

After its establishment in 2006, Crime Stoppers works as a tip line for community members to make anonymous calls and possibly earn rewards when arrests are made. The group works with the Bartow County Sheriff's Office, Cartersville, Kingston, Adairsville, White, Emerson and Euharlee police departments.

Mow Down, though hosted by Euharlee, brings in racers from the Tennessee Lawnmower Association. Locals are allowed to participate in a spectator race, but only after meeting requirements for safety. Those requirements include removing the blades of the mower and installing a kill switch along with wearing proper safety gear. Anyone interested in participating can receive more information on how to be involved by contacting Lynn Quick, who serves on the board of directors for the event at, 770-386-6287.

An antique engine and tractor exhibit also will be available, provided by Gordon County. Locals also enter their own antique tractors in the show.

Several vendors will be on site to supply event-goers with a variety of foods ranging from funnel cakes and fried Oreos to barbecue from Johnny Mitchell's Smokehouse and boiled peanuts. Dixie Outfitters t-shirts and magnetic jewelry also will be available for purchase.

All proceeds benefit Crime Stoppers, whose calls to the Cartersville-Bartow tip line have solved over 50 cases, leading to 35 arrests and recovering over $625,000 in property and drugs seized. Over $3,000 in rewards to anonymous "tipsters" have been given out. Information related to criminal activity can be phoned in to 770-606-TIPS (8477).