The nightlong gala begins with the customary parade: Scores of mowers—some from as far away as Zimbabwe and Hong Kong—slowly lap the course, headlights blazing. This year the long night ended in a victory for Team Gilliams (the sit-upon class), which beat out the Whipper Snappers, the Weed Killers and the Mayhem Mowers, among others.
"When the 12-hour ends, no spectator, official or competitor wants to see or smell or touch a mower," says Gavin. "Nobody gives a damn what happens to their lawn for the next week."
Mow or less.