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Pumpkin Races Return to Downtown Oswego

Oct 09, 2014 02:54PM ● By Steven Jack

An Oswego Police officer prepares to smash a "cheater pumpkin" during the 2013 Oswegoland Optimist Club Pumpkin Races. (Photo courtesy the Oswegoland Optimist Club Facebook page)

The concept is simple they say: "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!!"

That's right; for the fifth year the Oswegoland Optimist Club will host their annual pumpkin races at noon Saturday, Oct. 18, on the hill down Jackson Street from Main Street. Registration starts at 11 a.m., and racers in the kids division can enter by donating three canned goods. Kids are also encouraged to wear their Halloween costumes.

This year's race will also feature a face-off between members of the Oswego Police and Fire departments.

The keys to building a successful pumpkin racer are easy. It's just important to follow the rules, or risk the destruction of your racer as a "cheater pumpkin." 

Follow these rules while building your racer:
  • Use only a single pumpkin
  • Insert at least two independent axles through the pumpkin and attach wheels to the axles. The axles must go through the wheels. No caster wheels are allowed.
  • Decorate your pumpkin
  • Don't attach your pumpkin to a pre-made set of wheels like an office chair, skateboard or stroller.
  • Don't use explosives
  • Pushing or helping your pumpkin off the starting line is not allowed — neither is chasing it down the track to keep it straight.
For more information on the fifth annual Oswegoland Optimist Club Pumpkin Races, check out the club's website. For more updates, like their Facebook page.