Lawnmower Precision Drill Team

The WBOC’s “Lawnmower Precision Drill Team” is a group of expertly trained lawnmower pilots who display magnificent techniques with precision timing.

The group typically performs at area parades and festivals where their skills are renowned.

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Imagine the roar of a dozen or so lawnmowers coming down the road, manned by optimists wearing red as the display a dazzling array of tricks in unison!

The Lawnmower Precision Drill Team has been a hallmark of the club for many years.

 

History

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The Wapakoneta Breakfast Optimist Precision Drill Team dates back to a crisp October evening in 1987. In an effort to make a one-time appearance in the Wapakoneta Halloween Parade, a time honored tradition began. Co-founders Jim Smith and Todd “Moe” Meier organized the first Drill Team using members of the Wapakoneta Breakfast Optimist Club.

Sixteen members took to the streets to entertain the locals as they have never been entertained before. Since that time the Drill Team has performed in over 50 parades before over 500,000 people. Members take pride in customizing their mowers to make noise, blow smoke and bubbles in addition to custom paint jobs, chrome exhaust and wheels. It has also become a fundraising effort for the Opimists as most communities make a donation for an appearance by the drill team.

 

Awards

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1992

3rd Place Comedy Unit – Minster Octoberfest Parade

1993

1st Place Comedy Unit – Minster Octoberfest Parade

1994

Outstanding Parade Participant – Piqua Undrewear Festival Parade

Best Non-Profit Organization – Wapakoneta Halloween Parade

1995

1st Place Comedy – Minster Octoberfest Parade

Best Civic Organization – Wapakoneta Halloween Parade

Ambassador Award – Wapakoneta Chamber of Commerce

Best Overall Unit – Cridersville Jamboree Parade

1996

2nd Place Comdy – Ft Loramie Liberty Days Parade

2nd Place Novelty – New Bremenfest Parade

2nd Place Marching Unit – New Bremenfest Parade

2nd Place Comedy – Minster Octoberfest Parade

Best Marching Unit – Wapakoneta Halloween Parade

1997

2nd Place Comedy Unit – Minster Octoberfest Parade

Grand Marshal’s Award – Wapakoneta Halloween Parade

1998

1st Place Comedy Unit – Minster Octoberfest Parade

Best Marching Unit – Wapakoneta Halloween Parade

1999

1st Place Marching Unit – Cincinnati Reds Opening Day Parade

1st Place Comedy – Minster Octoberfest Parade

Best Marching Entry – Wapakoneta Halloween Parade

Participant – Dayton International Airshow Parade

 

Golden Blade Award

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Each year the coveted “Golden Blade Award” is presented to the Drill Team member who best exemplifies the qualities of dedication, team spirit, courage and service above and beyond the call of duty. The proud few include:

1992 – Tom Vehorn

1993 – Terry Blosser

1994 – Tom Shaw

1995 – Ron Miller

1996 – Todd Meier

1997 – Tom Wills

1998 – Bill Stiles

1999 – Jim Smith

 

The group is available for parades and charity events! Contact us for info.