"The Golden Gourd"

The Grand Prix of Pumpkin Racing

To benefit

October 26, 2019

Dutch Square Mall

421 Bush River Road    Columbia, SC

10AM - 5PM

(Preliminary Races Begin @ 1PM)

            WIN               FUN

      Cash, Prizes & Trophies                                                                         For the Entire Family






                                Racer Registration Fee:  $20                                 


Calling all race enthusiasts!   Get a pumpkin, add some wheels, and join the fun in Columbia's newest Pumpkin event, the first annual "Golden Gourd" Pumpkin Race. This is sure to be the most crazy & fun your family has ever experienced!   All ages and abilities are invited  and encouraged to join in on the FUN! 


In addition to the races, the Pumpkin Racers will be judged and awards will be provided to the most creative, scariest, funniest and People's Choice Racers. Don’t miss out on the fun! 


 Race into history by being the first to take home the trophy as the "Golden Gourd" Grand Champion Racer.  This event benefits the SC Autism Society.

Sponsorship Opportunities Available

An example of how this event works...


  1. Pumpkin Racers must be completely built prior to check-in.

  2. All racers will be inspected at check-in.

  3. Only one racer per entry.

  4. Have fun with your pumpkin racer.  Be creative, imaginative and out-of-the-box when designing your racer.  

  5. Racers must be made from a single real pumpkin of any shape or size.

  6. Completed racer may not exceed 25 lbs. total weight and must fit inside the 18-inch wide lane without interfering with other racers beside it at the starting line.

  7. Racers must have two independent axles (that do not connect) inserted through the pumpkin and attached to any size wheel.

  8. Racers may not be attached to a pre-fabricated chassis of any kind (i.e. toy truck, stroller, skateboard, etc.).  Racers found in violation will be disqualified.

  9. Racers may not have a protective or cage-like structure around the pumpkin.

  10. Racers will be released a the top of the track at the Race Officials signal.

  11. Racers must be powered by the gravity of the downhill slope only.  No pushing, helping, motors, batteries, fuel, fans, pyrotechnics, etc. may be used to advance or power the racer.

  12. There is no penalty for racers running into or bumping each other on the track.

  13. Racers that have been damaged are eligible to continue until they are unable to race. If your racer is to damaged to continue to race, it will be disqualified.

  14. Race Officials will have the final say if your pumpkin is eligible to race.  

  15. All racers will compete in preliminary heats to see who will advance to the semi-finals.  The finalists will go on to compete for the "Golden Gourd" Championship Trophy.

  16. No participant shall be physically aggressive towards any other participant.  This includes any unwanted physical contact between persons or pumpkins before, during or after the race.

  17. Race Officials will determine the winners.  Winners will be determined by the first one to cross the finish line or the one closest to the finish line.

  18. In the case of a tie or controversy, the head Race Official may have a race off between the Pumpkin Racers in question or all racers in the round.

  19. Don't be a Peter Peter Pumpkin Cheater! Obey the rules so that everyone will have fun!




Become A Sponsor:

  • Company name and/or logo displayed along area sponsored and on website

  • Opportunity to set up table at event and/or put marketing material in registration bags

How To Build a Pumpkin Racer

Tips from the Pumpkin Race Pros

  1. Be sure to read the Official Rules (above) to understand how to build a "legal" Pumpkin Racer.

  2. A bigger or heavier Pumpkin Racer is not necessarily a faster Pumpkin Racer. Rarely does the biggest pumpkin win.

  3. The best way to build a fast Pumpkin Racer is to make sure the axles are parallel so it will roll straight down the track. Many participants are eliminated because their Pumpkin Racer veers into the side wall before crossing the finish line.

  4. Check your axles to make sure they are parallel before every race.

  5. Make sure all of your wheels spin freely

  6. Be sure your Pumpkin Racer has enough ground clearance! The race takes place on a track with bumps and dips. Make sure your Pumpkin Racer is high enough to clear them.

  7. Have fun making your Pumpkin Racer! Pick a theme and be creative. Often, the crowd favorites are the most fun and creative ones. If you can't win, then lose with style!

  8. Be on time for your prelims!​

  9. Listen for announcements.

  10. Have Fun!

Good Luck!

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