Eagle Point's community Fourth of July celebration will go forward next weekend without the familiar roar and rumble of lawmower engines.

Eagle Point's community Fourth of July celebration will go forward next weekend without the familiar roar and rumble of lawmower engines.

Organizers have eliminated lawmower races from the annual celebration.

"It appears that the downturn in the economy has reduced participation significantly, and the race can no longer be a viable event," said Bunny Lincoln, organizer of the celebration. "It is a big disappointment to us as organizers, but we are still focused on providing a memorable day and fireworks show."

Lincoln said insurance and gas costs appeared to diminish interest in the once-popular races, which often have drawn competitors from elsewhere.

"It was administrative, economic, a combination of a lot of things," she said.

The rest of the celebration is scheduled to go on as usual, however. Eagle Point plans a walk/run at 8 a.m., a parade at 11 a.m. and fireworks at dusk.

— Staff reports