MSFF to host Mowing in the Mountains

The Mountain State Forest Festival is proud to sponsor Mowing in the Mountains – part of the professional STA-BIL Lawn and Garden Mower Racing Series scheduled for Saturday and Sunday at Elkins Raceway in Kerens.

With more than 92 total participants, including local resident Danny Phillips, the event is a professionally sanctioned lawn mower race.

Gates open at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday and 12:30 p.m. on Sunday. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children 5-18. Children 5 and younger are free. Adults can buy a two-day pass for $15.

According to, the U.S. Lawn Mower Racing Association’s official website, the organization was established in 1992 and is America’s oldest and largest National Mower Racing Sanctioning Body and is the governing organization behind The STA-BIL Lawn & Garden Mower Racing Series. With 11 racing classes from “Wild to Mild,” racers compete for “trophies, glory and bragging rights.”

As the racers approach the end of their season, this weekend’s races count for point toward the championship which is being held in Delaware, Ohio, on Friday, Sept. 13.

The STA-BIL Lawn & Garden Mower Racing Series will be making its debut in the state of West Virginia with this event. Ben Shaffer, Deputy Director General of the Mountain State Forest Festival, says the event provides something different, not only to the festival but also to the state.

“This is a bigger event than I think most people are used to,” Shaffer said. “This is a pretty big-scale event with racers coming from all across the country. It’s a different audience and a lot of the people who are coming may have never heard of Randolph County or Elkins before. We are looking forward to all of the new faces.”

The 77th Mountain State Forest Festival will be held Sept. 28Oct. 6.