Join us for the race, October 30, 2021 Mill St. Underpass Downtown Carbondale, IL

FAQ

Get all your pumpkin race questions answered

The Great Carbondale Pumpkin Race and the Costume parade are on October 30, 2021 at the Mill Street Underpass. Registration begins at 1pm with the races 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 30. Registration begins at 1pm with the races starting at 2pm. For more information visit out Facebook page.

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. Registration is onsite at the Mill Street Underpass and begins at 1pm 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 hosted by Carbondale Community Arts to show off your spooktacular threads.

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.

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 a local nonprofit organization.

Becoming a sponsor is easy, just fill out the sponsor form on our website and a Rotary member will be in touch.

No, we are happy to accept all the sponsorships possible to help make the event a success and raise as much money possible for our local nonprofit organization. Simply fill out the sponsor form on our website and a Rotary member will be in touch.

Sponsorship donations received help a local nonprofit organization. We are proud to announce this year’s event beneficiary is the Boys and Girls Clubs of Southern Illinois.

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.