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5th Annual Pumpkin Races! : Oswego Optimists - Oswego, Illinois
5th Annual Pumpkin Races!

Saturday 10/18

The pumpkin race is a simple concept. Take a carved pumpkin, decorate it and insert 2 independent axles through the pumpkin  and attach wheels. Race your pumpkin down a hill to victory!! Great family fun! Compete with your friends, neighbors, classmates, and business competitors!
Craft a winning pumpkin and advance to the GRAND Championship!



Be sure to read the Official Rules to understand how to build a "legal" Pumpkin Racer. There are only a few simple rules to follow, so let your imagination run wild. A bigger or heavier Pumpkin Racer is not necessarily a faster Pumpkin Racer.
The best way to build a fast Pumpkin Racer is to make sure the axles are parallel so it will roll straight down the track. Many racers are eliminated because their racer veers into the side wall before it crosses the finish line. Check to make sure they are parallel before every race.
Make sure all of your wheels spin freely! Duh!?!

Be sure your Pumpkin Racer has enough ground clearance! The race takes place on a track with bumps and dips. Be sure your Racer is high enough to clear them.

Have fun making your Racer! Pick a theme and be creative. Often, the crowd favorites are the most fun and creative ones. If you can't win, then lose with style! Judging will be held in the Pumpkin Patch and winners will receive ribbons

Does anyone ever cheat?

In a word - HECK YEAH! However, our vigilant Race Officials make sure everyone plays by the rules - fair and square. If a Race Official determines that a Pumpkin Racer is in violation the Official World Famous Pumpkin Race Rules it is immediately declared a cheater! The penalty for racing a cheater Pumpkin Racer is instant destruction by a large wooden mallet administered by the Oswego Police. It is important to note that some race entrants intentionally enter "cheater" pumpkins with full knowledge that their Pumpkin Race Car will be smashed to bits for all to see and cheer.
#1 Craft your Pumpkin Race Car using a single pumpkin.

#2 Insert a minimum of two independent axles through your pumpkin and attach wheels to the axles.  The axles must go through the wheels. No caster wheels. Spice up your racer with style.

#3 You may not attach your pumpkin onto a pre-fabricated chassis of any kind (office chair, skateboard, stroller, Tonka truck, etc., etc...)


#5 No pushing or "helping" your Pumpkin Racer on the starting line. No last minute shove, the hidden thumb flick, the early release, the remote control chassis, etc. etc. See Rule #7.

#6 No chasing your pumpkin down the track to make it go straight. 

RULE #7 NO CHEATING. Feel great about being honest and fair. Don't be tempted to be a Cheater Pumpkin. Use the honor system and obey the spirit of these rules. Our Race Officials have a keen eye and Cheater Pumpkins will be subject to public destruction by the Mallet-O-Justice!!

Click here for the Race Flier!

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