Build Your Own Mighty Pumpkin Racer!

Join us for the Great Truckee Pumpkin Race on October 21st, 2018 from 12:00 PM to 5:00 PM in Downtown Truckee at the junction of Spring and Jibboom Streets.

The Great Truckee Pumpkin Race is a wildly outrageous outdoor event involving racing pumpkin “cars”. This is a child, teen, parent, and grandparent event where you build a pumpkin car (according to the rules), decorate it, and let it GO down an inclined race course. But, watch out… if there are any cheater pumpkins, they will be SMASHED by the Referee’s giant mallet! Winners of each heat advance to the quarterfinals and championship. A grand prize of $500 will be awarded to the winning pumpkin along with trophies for the top three races, the most outrageous pumpkin and the pumpkin with the best costume.


A corporate division will also be available for local businesses to compete against each other. And a special bonus – each corporate pumpkin pays for a local school to enter a pumpkin, including all of their pumpkin racer supplies. We invite all families and businesses to compete for an afternoon/evening of FUN!

Family race entry will cost $20 and corporate race entries are $100. Please complete the registration form below. Registration fees will be collected at the event. In addition, if you need a pumpkin racer kit (axles and wheels), those are available for an additional $20 and will be available for pick up from 2:30-4PM on Friday, October 19th at the TEA Campus located at 9765 Schaffer Mill Rd, Truckee, CA 96161.

Day of registration will be available for last-minute participants.


Register Here

Watch the Video From the 2017 Event

Official Truckee Pumpkin Race Rules

All participants must design and race their Pumpkin Racers according to these few important rules to ensure that the event is fun and fair for everyone.

  • Craft your Pumpkin Racer using a single pumpkin.
  • No pushing or “helping” your Pumpkin Racer on the starting line. Set it up in position then….Hands up!
  • All races are single elimination.
  • Pumpkin Racer wins when their wheels cross the finish line.
  • The Referees’ decision is final and if there is any controversy the head referee may have a race off between the Pumpkin Racers in question or all racers in the round.
  • Pumpkin Racers must have two independent axles through the body of the pumpkin and the wheels must be attached to the axles.
  • Do not attach your pumpkin onto a prefabricated chassis of any kind (skateboard, stroller, Tonka Truck, etc.)
  • NO CHEATING. Our Race Officials have a keen eye and the Mallet-O-Justice ready to bring any Cheater Pumpkin down!

Diagrams of Acceptable and Unacceptable Pumpkins