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In this photo taken Wednesday May 11, 2016, Detroit Mower Gang member Nick Myer, of Clinton Township, Mich., drives his lawnmower blindfolded during a blindfolded mower contest at Hammerberg Field on Detroit's west side. The volunteers helping to maintain Detroit parks and playgrounds took a crack at mowing grass while blindfolded as part of a friendly competition. (Steve Perez/Detroit News via AP) DETROIT FREE PRESS OUT; HUFFINGTON POST OUT; MANDATORY CREDIT
AP | The Detroit News

DETROIT — Volunteers helping to maintain Detroit parks and playgrounds took a crack at mowing grass while blindfolded as part of a friendly competition.

The Detroit News reports that the Detroit Mower Gang held the “Blindfold Mowing Olympics” on Wednesday while trimming Hammerberg Field on the city’s west side. The contest came after they wanted to determine who could drive a riding mower the straightest without seeing.

It wasn’t easy: Two of the six contestants mowed an X in the grass as they crossed paths at Hammerberg Field, which includes a playground, football field and baseball diamond. Two others mowed perpendicular paths.

Jim Coffman went crooked but not as crooked as the others, so he won the first race. The newspaper says the prize was a bunch of used blindfolds.

—The Associated Press


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