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World Famous Lawn Rangers in Inaugural Spotlight


In case you missed this important inauguration-related story, chosen from among the thousands of groups applying for the privilege to march in the parade that day were the self-styled World Famous Lawn Rangers of Amazing Arcola, Illinois.  Motto: "You're only young once but you can always be immature." 

And what are they famous FOR?  Dave Barry, a veteran member of the group himself, describes their schtick as performing "highly sophisticated, semi-synchronized maneuvers with lawnmowers, brooms and toilet plungers."  This post about them on the Inauguration Blog proudly counts them among the "incredible talents" chosen to perform. 

Finally, this newspaper article
in the back story – about their having entertained people across the Midwest for some 28 years and, for Chicago's 2003 St. Patrick's Day Parade, having been joined by this toilet-plunger-wielding state senator.


Posted by on February 17, 2009 at 10:41 am, in the category Grab Bag.
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8 responses to “World Famous Lawn Rangers in Inaugural Spotlight”

  1. Bob Vaiden says:

    Hey! These guys have razor-sharp reflexes, perfect timing, conduct precision maneuvers, and are trained to the limits of human endurance!

    Or not…

    They ARE fun to watch; ya’ll stop by the Arcola Broom Festival Parade, and see their daring bravado in person…

    Of course, most of us go just to see the crashes:)

  2. Melanthia says:

    Oh, this is too funny! Thanks for expanding my knowledge of specialized group activities.

  3. commonweeder says:

    Susan, I was just thinking, after reading the February edition of the Sustainable Gardening blog, that I can always! count on your to tell me what I need to know. And you have proved it once again. Thanks.

  4. Lisa Albert says:

    I’m sorry I missed seeing them in the video footage. I’d have gotten as much of a giggle from them as I did the Get A Life Marching Band ( from Portland. They were the grand finale for the parade. They’re a hoot. The founder said, “When I started this band, it just grew like our waistlines” and their motto is “We’d rather miss a note than a meal!” I wasn’t in band in HS but I’m wishing I was just so I could join this group now.

    Just imagine the hilarity that could ensue if the World Famous Lawn Rangers of Amazing Arcola, Illinois and the Get A Life Marching Band of Portland, Oregon got together.

  5. greg draiss says:

    They are coming to wipe ou Ranters who despise lawns everywhere!!!!
    They are right behind the Synchronized Briefcase Drill Team

    The TROLL

  6. Bob Vaiden says:

    Sorry Greg…

    None of those mowers actually mow:) The “Rangers” are the bane of working lawn mowers everywhere!

    The WILDFLOWER GUY (Ok…even I have a lawn mower, but…)

  7. Susan – long time no type. Love the article; kinda like the Pasadena Doo-Dah parade. And why does that last photo look like our new president holding a toilet plunger over his head.

    Here’s a lead for you…click over to Amazon and find Owen Dell’s (my TV show co-host) just published “Sustainable Landscaping for Dummies” book. It’s the bomb! You’ll enjoy the read and I think it will crank up the appreciation of our dearly beloved mission for the rest of the world. Lemme know what you think. A review from you ladies would be most influential.

    Thanks…bg in sb

  8. Nikki Smith says:

    Did you know the Lawn Rangers have their own Wikipedia page? They call themselves a precision lawn mowing drill team. Haha!

    I mentioned your post in my latest edition of the Compost Pile. Judging by this week’s news, it would appear sustainable gardening practices are becoming more mainstream. Finally some good news. …