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The Naperville Pumpkin Race is BACK!

Join us in person at Rotary Hill on October 30th or purchase your own pumpkin race kit and host your own backyard race! 

Saturday, October 30th, 2021

Rotary Hill Park in Downtown Naperville by Millennium Carillon

Registration begins at 1 PM, Races begin at 1:30 PM

Friends of all ages and abilities are invited to create their own Pumpkin Racer in the Annual Naperville Pumpkin Race. Race in a unique side-by-side single elimination race in a funky, hilarious, suspenseful, and dramatic display of American ingenuity. Excitement builds as Pumpkin Racers battle head-to-head for the coveted Pumpkin Race Championship Trophy. We also award other prizes for Best Decorations, and best costume.



When you purchase the Pumpkin race kits online we will ship them to you so you can run your own Pumpkin Race!

Get your how-to assembler and rules to run the pumpkin race below.

The Pumpkin Kit Box

The Pumpkin Kit Box and Parts


The Pumpkin ready to Race

Pumpkin Race Kit Assembly Video

  1. Gather your materials: Your Pumpkin Kit, a pumpkin (make sure the pumpkin is small enough so the wheels will have enough space to turn), a power drill, a hammer, and something to write with.
  2. Roll your pumpkin on its side and, using the wheels, measure where you will place the axles and mark the spots.
  3. Using the power drill with an axle attached, push the tip of the axles into the pumpkin’s markings and drill straight through the pumpkin.
  4. Screw on 4 wing nuts, smooth side out, onto each leg of the axles.
  5. Place a bearing on to the center of each wheel, and tap with a hammer until flush. Repeat with the other side of the wheels.
  6. Slide on the wheels to the axles and secure each with a second wing nut, smooth side in.
  7. Finally, wrap the zip ties around the front and rear axle on the left and right sides, and pull until the wheels are aligned. Then, trim the tails of the zip ties.
  8. Decorate your pumpkin and prepare to race!
Final instructions front
Final instructions back

DIY Pumpkin Race Kit
for Team-Building

The perfect fall team-building event. Check out last year’s photos.

The ultimate fall team-building activity is building your own pumpkin racer. This is a great way to get coworkers, family, and friends involved in a little friendly competition all while supporting incredible students at Turning Pointe. Halloween is coming soon, so order your Pumpkin Race Kit before they sell out!

With each purchase of a pumpkin race kit you provide the students at Turning Pointe valuable vocational educational opportunities with the focus of creating successful outcomes for students learning to live and work as neurodiverse adults.

ATTENTION: If shipping to the state of California, please allow 8 days for shipping. If you require expedited shipping please call Sammy at 630-615-6060.

Pumpkin Race Sponsors


Turning Pointe Autism Foundation
1500 West Ogden Avenue
Naperville, IL 60540

Turning Pointe Autism Foundation
1500 West Ogden Avenue
Naperville, IL 60540

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