Cutting to the chase: Lawnmowers ride into Cape Jervis for race

READY TO RACE: Local man Mark Barrington has entered the lawnmower race which Cape Jervis Tavern's Phil Dodd has helped bring to the town. Photo: Dani Brown.
READY TO RACE: Local man Mark Barrington has entered the lawnmower race which Cape Jervis Tavern's Phil Dodd has helped bring to the town. Photo: Dani Brown.

Have you ever seen people racing each other on lawnmowers?

It is an entertaining sight, and it is something you can see if you are at Cape Jervis on Saturday, March 14.

The South Australian Lawn Mower Racing Association will set up in the town for the first time, with a paddock on Ransford Street owned by Chris from Fleurieu Milk Company being donated for the day as the race track.

Cape Jervis Tavern owner Phil Dodd has been one of the main locals involved in pulling the event to the town, having worked on the idea for "a while".

"We're looking forward to making a good community family day, and hopefully it will turn into an annual event," he said.

It will also be run as a fundraiser for the Kangaroo Island Mayoral Bushfire Relief Fund and local Country Fire Service brigades.

READY TO RACE: Local man Mark Barrington has entered the lawnmower race which Cape Jervis Tavern's Phil Dodd has helped bring to the town. Photo: Dani Brown.

READY TO RACE: Local man Mark Barrington has entered the lawnmower race which Cape Jervis Tavern's Phil Dodd has helped bring to the town. Photo: Dani Brown.

People are expected to come from far and wide for the race - the event at Meningie last year brought in about 1000 people.

Mr Dodd said having the event in March was timely as tourism had begun to slow, due to various reasons including the snapper fishing ban, the Kangaroo Island bushfires, the lack of Chinese visitors because of coronavirus, and the end of summer.

Ransford Street will be blocked off to host other attractions on the day, including market stalls, street food, a jumping castle, and face painting.

Gates open at 9am with racing starting at 11am and finishing at about 3.30pm.

Anyone can enter, as long as they have a lawnmower with the cutting deck taken off.

For more information, visit www.facebook.com/events/769304280257449

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