Ready...Set...Gourd!

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The Great Carbondale Pumpkin Race is a chance to have fun and raise money for a local charity by designing, building, and racing your very own Pumpkin Racer!

FUN FOR ALL AGES!

CHILDREN, INDIVIDUALS AND FAMILIES CAN PARTICIPATE FOR FREE!

Win cash prizes and the ultimate bragging rights!

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OFFICIAL RACE RULES

NO CHEATING!!! AVOID THE PUMPKIN RACE MALLET-O-JUSTICE.

Make sure your pumpkin is race ready!

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JOIN IN THE FUN

PROMOTE BUSINESS AND SUPPORT OUR LOCAL COMMUNITY.

With different sponsorship packages, you can pick the one that best fits your goals and budget!

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RACER HELP

NEED HELP BUILDING YOUR RACER?

The Science Center and CCA will conduct workshops for help building your pumpkin racer. Visit us on Facebook for details!

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DESIGN YOUR RACER


This year our featured race is The Mayer Branding Grand Prix. The grand prix race has a $10/entry fee with a $250 grand prize, but most people just race for the fun of it. This year our honorary judge/pumpkin smasher will be Olympian Deanna Price. Remember, cheater pumpkins never win (see the Official Rules below), but we encourage you to have fun and build a racer with the possibility of an Olympian smashing it!
 
 
 

Don't Forget Your Costume!


The Great Carbondale Pumpkin Race is organized by the Rotary Club of Carbondale-Breakfast with cooperation and support from Carbondale Main Street, Carbondale Chamber of Commerce, and the City of Carbondale. This year the race is partnering with Safe Halloween at Murdale, and Candy Walk Downtown Trick-or-Treating 12-2, and sponsored by many area businesses. During the race, Carbondale Community Arts will host a costume contest. Children, individuals and families can participate for FREE!

For more information, visit Carbondale Main Street or call 618-529-8040 to learn more. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Boys and Girls Club of Southern Illinois, the Women's Center, The Rotary Dictionary Project, and Good Samaritan House.