Fourth Annual

Naperville Pumpkin Race

Saturday, October 26th, 2019

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.



Pumpkin Race Kits are Available!

Don’t want to Race? We welcome you to come watch and be a spectator.

Click photos below to enlarge

The Pumpkin Kit Box

The Pumpkin Kit Box and Parts


The Pumpkin ready to Race

Pumpkin 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!

World Famous Pumpkin Race

Date: October 26
Time: 1 pm
Location: Rotary Hill in Naperville

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.

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

Turning Pointe Autism Foundation is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization.

Turning Pointe Autism Foundation is an endorsed Center for Autism accredited by the IBCCES.

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