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10/31/2012 1:47:00 PM
Princeton groups hope for smashing success at first pumpkin races


Gary Moreland (left) and Dick Volker of Princeton Optimist Club line up their pumpkins with Bureau County Metro Center recreation coordinator Ryan Luecke. The three are gearing up for Princeton’s first pumpkin races this Saturday.NewsTribune photo/Goldie Currie
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Gary Moreland (left) and Dick Volker of Princeton Optimist Club line up their pumpkins with Bureau County Metro Center recreation coordinator Ryan Luecke. The three are gearing up for Princeton’s first pumpkin races this Saturday.
NewsTribune photo/Goldie Currie

Goldie Currie
Princeton Bureau Chief



PRINCETON— Ready. Set. Roll!

The Princeton Optimist Club and Bureau County MetroCenter have partnered to sponsor Princeton’s first pumpkin races, which will be Saturday, Nov. 3 at Main and Marion streets.

Registration begins at 11 a.m. Races start at noon. All pumpkin sizes and shapes are welcome. Kids 18 and under are asked to bring a minimum of three canned goods for the food pantry to participate, and adults 18 and older will pay $25 for each pumpkin. All registration fees will be donated to the food pantry.

The race is a simple concept. Take a pumpkin, decorate it and insert two independent axles through the pumpkin and attach any size wheels. The concept has been compared to a soap box derby, but with pumpkins instead.

Optimist club member Gary Moreland anticipates about 200 people at the event and hopes around 20-30 pumpkins will make it to the race.

“We emphasize that even if you don’t have a pumpkin, just come and watch,” he said.

Kids are encouraged to wear Halloween costumes.

Pumpkins will be raced four at a time and each pumpkin winner will be raced again for the grand championship prize. All pumpkins will be inspected before a race. Any “cheater” pumpkins will be smashed. Pick up a racing rules handout before the event at theMetroCenter.

A chili cook-off and pie contest also will be going on during the races. Category awards will given out to participants.

Optimist club member Dick Volker said everybody is welcome to attend and participate.

“It’s just going to be a fun-filled family event,” he said.

 Goldie Currie can be reached at (815) 879-5200 or ntprinceton@newstrib.com.












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