The Grasshopper Company has announced the winner of its “Grassterpiece” sweepstakes, awarding Gayle Potleicki of Zoar, Ohio, with a brand new Grasshopper 120K–48 MidMount mower.

The mower was presented to Potleicki at the historic Zoar School Inn Bed and Breakfast, which she owns with her husband, Joe. Helping deliver the mower were Grasshopper valued distributor Superior Implement & Supply Company in Greensville, Ohio and Grasshopper authorized dealer Country Sales and Service in Orville, Ohio.

Potleicki was chosen at random from a pool of 23,490 unique entrants. The nationally administered sweepstakes ran from Jan. 1, 2011, to Mar. 31, 2011, as lawn owners began to prepare for their spring and summer landscaping needs. Entrants were allowed to enter daily, but Potleicki entered only once online, after seeing the sweepstakes advertised in magazines. “I saw the promotion and entered on a whim. I guess it was meant to be,” Potleicki said. With mowing season well underway, Gayle and Joe will be able to maintain a clean, manicured lawn throughout the summer at the bed and breakfast, which they have operated together since 2009.

Grasshopper recently concluded its nationwide "Grassterpiece" sweepstakes and awarded a brand new Grasshopper 120K–48 MidMount mower to Gayle Potleicki, owner of the historic Zoar School Inn Bed and Breakfast in Ohio.Grasshopper delivered Potleicki's new mower with the help of Josh Welling, representing authorized dealer Country Sales & Service in Orrville, Ohio.

The importance of maintaining the property is dually important to the Potletickis, because the Inn serves as the source of their livelihood, as well as their personal residence. Since the Potleickis moved into the inn, the lawn has been a focal point in renovating the 175-year-old school house. Although the Potletickis have primarily used a lawn service in the past, they see their new Grasshopper mower as an opportunity to have more control in maintaining their grounds. “It’s a blessing to have the mower,” Gayle Potleicki said. “Now we can mow our lawn when we want to and how we want to… it will give us more independence.”

Potleicki was especially pleased to win the sweepstakes, because of what she had heard about the brand. “Grasshopper has a reputation for being a premium product. The fact that the mower won’t tear up our yard is a big bonus. Other machines can tear up our yard, and we want it to look as good as possible,” she says.

“The features and easy operation of the Grasshopper can be enjoyed by homeowners and business owners alike,” said Trent Guyer, marketing coordinator for The Grasshopper Company. “We’re excited our product will help maintain this historic property.”

Both the innkeepers and the inn’s patrons will be able to enjoy the benefits of their new mower. “Our guests enjoy seeing a nice lawn as much as we do”, Potleticki says. “The upcoming summer and fall months are the busiest for the inn, so we hope to be spending less time worrying about our lawn and more time with our guests.”

About Grasshopper

The Grasshopper Company is a privately held corporation dedicated solely to the design and production of commercial and large-acreage mowing and grounds maintenance equipment. Among many industry firsts, Grasshopper introduced the dual, swing-away steering lever concept in 1973, the first diesel-powered zero-turn radius mower in 1983, and the first electric-actuated fold-up mower deck in 2004. Based in Moundridge, Kan., the company distributes its products worldwide through a network of knowledgeable, independent dealers offering sales, parts and service.