Get your mowers running - it's showtime

19:35, Jan 12 2014

Lawnmower race contestants need to sign an "injury or death" disclaimer for the return of the Lake Hayes A&P Show event today.

Race contestants have already signed up for a ride-on race and push-mower race but yesterday organisers said they were keen for "mower" people to sign up.

Lake Hayes A&P committee member Roger Tomkins said everything was ready to go for the annual show. The weather forecast was good and, so far, at least a dozen people had entered the lawnmower event.

But more race contestants were welcome as long as they arrived before 11.30am for registration and scrutiny of equipment.

Two years ago a ride-on race degenerated into a punch-up and sparked international headlines.

Wanaka man Willy Boyd threw punches at landscaping contractor Simon Hunt, of Queenstown, after he shunted Mr Boyd's mower in the larger, modified "Boss 18".

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Organisers decided to reinstate the now infamous lawnmower race as a key feature in the 99th show - sponsored by the Mirror and The Southland Times - after a two-year hiatus.

Motorised mowers will be restricted to 60-inch working decks and barging or any physical contact with other race contestants is not permitted.

The race boasts a prize pool worth more than $500.

Not surprisingly, blades must not be engaged during racing.

The Southland Times