Pumpkin Race & Fall Festival

Saturday, October 14, 2017
11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
North Creek Community Center
20125 Arrowhead Road

The Great Pumpkin Race is a unique side-by-side, single-elimination race featuring handcrafted, decorated pumpkin race cars, in a madcap, dramatic explosion of creative ingenuity. The referee rules the race, building excitement as registered pumpkin race car owners compete for the Pumpkin Race Championship Trophy.

Add wheels to your custom-decorated pumpkin and face off against friends, neighbors or family in single elimination race heats. Pumpkin racers may collide, veer off course or have the perfect run—whoever crosses the finish line first moves on!

The Pumpkin Races cap off the fall festival events, including live music, great food, and plenty of children’s activities during this family-centered day.

2016 Race Day Event Program

Build a Racer

Simply attach wheels to a pumpkin ... well not quite. Pumpkins may not be attached to a prefabricated chassis (toy car, skateboard, etc.). Wheels must be fixed to axles which go all the way through the pumpkin. Decorate your pumpkin in whatever style you choose—awards will be given out for Best Decoration and Most Innovative Design, funniest, scariest, best disguised, best animal look-a-like, best cartoon character and best themed pumpkin racer and driver duo.

At the festival, test your race on the track before your heat. Take it to the Racer Garage for a tune up and have the pit crew help you adjust the wheels for optimum performance!

You can even bring your pumpkin to build at the festival! A limited quantity of Racer Kits will be available for purchase at the registration table.

Cheater pumpkins not allowed! The use of pyrotechnics, electronics or radio controls are prohibited, and known cheaters will face the “Hammer of Justice.” The referee will pulverize all cheater pumpkins and eliminate them from competition.

Racer Building Instruction Tips & Rules

Pumpkin Treat Baking Contest

If racing pumpkins is not your thing, try baking with them! This contestant friendly event has two rules: entries must contain pumpkin in the recipe and be a homemade baked item. Courageous participants in two age categories, (15 and under or 16 and older) will compete for the “gold” medal and recognition at the Great Pumpkin Race and Fall Festival.

Entries must be brought to North Creek Community Center, 20125 Arrowhead Road, between 10:30 and 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 14. Entries will not be accepted any other time or place.

For more information or questions, contact Melanie Maggi at 240-243-2338 or e-mail mmaggi@mvf.org.

Rules and Regulations

1.    Pie or treat must contain pumpkin (canned filling is OK).
2.    Pie or treat must be baked.
3.    HAVE FUN!

Directions & Parking

North Creek Community Center
20125 Arrowhead Road
Montgomery Village, MD 20886


A shuttle service will run from three parking locations near the festival grounds every 10 minutes from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. or until the festival grounds are cleared.

Parking locations:   

  • Montgomery Village Foundation Office, 10120 Apple Ridge Road
  • Church of Jesus Christ Latter Day Saints, 20020 Montgomery Village Avenue (Corner of Montgomery Village Avenue and Apple Ridge Road)


2016 Corporate Sponsor

MVF is seeking local sponsors for this zany signature fall event! Be part of the craziest fall festival in the area—even race a corporate pumpkin!

Don’t let your competition beat you to the finish line on this opportunity for prime exposure to Montgomery Village residents and other area visitors!

Call Beto Benitez today at 240-243-2359 or e-mail hbenitez@mvf.org.

2017 Fall Festival Vendor Registration