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.



  1. 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. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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…)

  5. 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

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