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Pumpkin Races Return to Downtown Oswego

Oct 06, 2015 07:54AM ● 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 Oswegoland Optimist Club Pumpkin Races will return later this month — along with a couple of new twists.

This year's family friendly event will take place at noon Saturday, Oct. 24. 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, which will be donated to the Optimist Family Christmas Project.

Entries in the business/adult division will pay a $25 entry fee, which will also be donated to the Christmas Project.

As always, kids are encouraged to wear their Halloween costumes. New this year, downtown businesses will welcome trick-or-treating from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. that day.

A chili cook-off organized by the Oswego Presbyterian Church Youth Group is also scheduled to start at 11 a.m. at Oswego Cyclery. For more information on the cook-off, click here. 

The Pumpkin Race concept is simple: "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!!"

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.