The Village of Chase is going to the races — lawnmower races that is.
Councillors agreed to let Sears manager Sue Bleile hold a ride ‘em lawnmower race along Shuswap Avenue next month.
“I thought, ‘Hey, would that be cool,’” Bleile told The Daily News on Wednesday.
A bit of a travel bug, Bleile watched lawnmower races in other communities and thought it would be a fun activity for Chase. She took the idea to her boss, Bill Long, and he supported it.
Long even plans to take part, she said.
Before she went to council, Bleile approached other downtown businesses to see if anyone was opposed. No one is, she said, in fact, several have even expressed interest in competing.
“I’ve got some businesses who are going to decorate (lawnmowers) just for fun,” she said.
Bleile pitched the idea to council on Tuesday. Mayor Ron Anderson contacted her Wednesday morning and told her the race is good to go.
“It sounds like a fun event,” he said, adding he appreciates that Bleile touched base with others in the downtown first.
“She did her homework.”
Anderson hopes people from other communities will bring their lawnmowers and take part in the event on Saturday, April 6, from noon to 2 p.m.
Money raised during a hot dog sale will be donated to Chase secondary school. Bleile said the cafeteria is old and needs a face lift.
Vice principal Greg Gartrell said the school’s kitchen was recently renovated but the cafeteria hasn’t been touched since he started at the school 15 years ago.
“And it was old then,” he said.
To register, phone at 250-679-3245 and ask for Bleile. She asked people to sign up by Friday, March 29.