Pumpkin Derby

The Greatest Pumpkin Show on Four Wheels 

Gather your family, friends and pumpkins because you won't want to miss this spectacle! Handcrafted pumpkin racecars will race down a track, promising fun, excitement and laughter for all ages.

Pre-Register to Race for Prizes!

Build your pumpkin racecar ahead of time with your own supplies. To match the festival's theme, event organizers encourage you to decorate your pumpkin racecar as your favorite character from the 3-ring circus. Compete in your age bracket for a chance to win a cash prize.

Event Details

  • Cost: $10 (includes two-day parking pass)
  • Registration Deadline: Extended to September 26
  • Categories: Youth (under 12) and Open (all ages)
  • Location: Elk Grove Regional Park (Pirate's Island)
  • Race Date: Saturday, October 1
  • Updated Race Times:
    • Youth - 11 am
    • Open - 1pm


Cash prizes of $100, $50 and $25 will be awarded to the first, second and third place winners respectively for each pre-registered race. Awards will take place immediately following each category's championship race on Pirate's Island.

Entry and Participation Forms


Open Track

The Pumpkin Derby track will be open for fun and practice between races on Saturday, October 1 and all day Sunday, October 2.

  • Purchase a racing kit at the festival
  • No pre-registration
  • No set race times
  • No cash prizes

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