Lawn mowers aren’t just for mowing…

The modified lawn mowers featured at the Got to Be NC Festival were not your grassy yard variety. Contestants took to the muddy track in the Sam Rand Grandstand early this afternoon to showcase their souped up mowers and driving skills.


Racers speed around the muddy track at the Got to Be NC Ag Festival.

Racers speed around the muddy track at the Got to Be NC Festival.

Beginning the races, WQDR’s Marty Young and Mike Wheless braved the track for a friendly competition. After experiencing some mechnical difficulties, Wheless took second while a victorious Young crossed the finish line before a cheering audience. 

The next races featured plenty of mud slinging. Drivers hung on as the low mowers skidded through turns spewing small flecks of mud behind them. 

In addition to bragging rights, winners earn trophies and points toward the national championship.

The racing continues until around 7 p.m. this evening.

About Merrie Go Round

Merrie Go Round is the midway alter-ego of Andrea Ashby, who has officially spent 252 days during the past 24 years at the N.C. State Fair. That's perfect attendance in case you were wondering. In addition to promoting the Fair, looking for untold Fair stories and working on various special events, I also spend a great deal of time roaming the grounds taking photos for the Website and State Fair publications. I like to keep my eyes and ears posted for the unusual and different things that make the State Fair such a great celebration of North Carolina people, traditions and history. I look forward to sharing with you the things I come across on my journey.

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