Join us for the race, October 29, 2022 Mill St. Underpass Downtown Carbondale, IL

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The Great Carbondale Pumpkin Race and the Costume Parade are on October 29, 2022 at the Mill Street Underpass. Register early for the race by October 27 and be rewarded with a free test run down the track before the race. Pre-register here. Registration is also available on race day onsite, at the Mill Street Underpass from 12:30pm to 1:45pm with the first race starting at 2pm. For more information visit our Facebook page.

The Great Carbondale Pumpkin Race and the Costume Parade take place at the Mill Street Underpass on October 29. Registration begins at 12:30pm with the races starting at 2pm. For more information visit out Facebook page.

Yes, you need to register for the Great Carbondale Pumpkin Race. Register early for the race by October 27 and be rewarded with a free test run down the track before the race. Pre-register here on the website. Registration is also available on race day onsite, at the Mill Street Underpass from 12:30pm to 1:45pm with the first race starting at 2pm. 

No, you may not attach your pumpkin to a chassis of any kind (office chair, skateboard, stroller, Tonka truck, etc…) and you may not use caster wheels. Your pumpkin racer would be considered a cheater and will be smashed to smithereens by our very own Olympian, Deanna Price. However we do encourage you to have fun…and building a cheater for public destruction could be part of the excitement for the event. View official rules here.

The Great Carbondale Pumpkin Race and the Costume Parade are free, family-friendly events. You need to register for both events. Register early for the race by October 27 and be rewarded with a free test run down the track before the race. Pre-register here. Registration is also available on race day (October 29) onsite, at the Mill Street Underpass from 12:30pm to 1:45pm with the first race commencing at 2pm. The winner of the free main event will win $100. We will also have a featured race, the Mayer Branding Grand Prix, which has $10 entry fee with a grand prize of $250.

Yes, costumes are encouraged, after all it is Halloween. There is even a costume parade to show off your spooktacular threads.

Yes, you will need to register for the costume parade. Registration takes place before the race at the Mill Street Underpass from 12:30pm to 1:45pm.

Unfortunately, we do not have race kits available to purchase, however, we have a complete instruction manual with a list of the equipment you’ll need to build your pumpkin racer. All the ingredients to spice up your pumpkin are easily available at any hardware store. Find your pumpkin racer ingredients list here. 

Sponsorships help make this event possible. The Great Carbondale Pumpkin Race brings joy to our community and fun activities to the participants. By becoming a sponsor, your donation helps local nonprofit organizations. We would love for you to join us as a champion for the cause. Become a sponsor here.  

Becoming a sponsor is easy, just fill out the form on our website. You can choose the level of sponsorship that best fits your budget. You can even pay for the sponsorship through the secure PayPal link that you’re taken to as soon as you complete the online sponsor form. There’s no need to have a PayPal account set up, you can also use a credit or bank card.

No, we are happy to accept all sponsorships and donations from anyone (businesses or individuals) who wants to help make the event a success and raise as much money possible for our local nonprofit organizations. Simply fill out the sponsor form on our website to become a sponsor or go to our general donation link to make a donation without becoming a sponsor. 

You can support the Great Carbondale Pumpkin Race with a donation by clicking the donate button in the menu or also following this link

Sponsorships and donations received help local charities and nonprofit organizations. We are proud to announce this year’s event beneficiaries are the Boys and Girls Clubs of Southern Illinois and the Dentmon Center.

A cheater pumpkin is a pumpkin racer that doesn’t follow the guidelines or official rules. These cheater pumpkins will be will be subject to public destruction by the Mallet-O-Justice wielded by our very own Olympian, Deanna Price. We encourage everyone to have fun with their racers and love to see the crowd’s excitement for public destruction of the cheater pumpkins.

Rotary Club of Carbondale Breakfast is committed to protecting the community and encourages all those attending to consider CDC guidance when attending events. Masks are not required outdoors but encouraged in crowded settings.