Westbrooke’s 2nd Annual Great Pumpkin Derby

Oct. 28, 2023 from 11 am – 3pm

at Westbrooke Church.

What is a Great Pumpkin Derby? This is a fun-filled creative race where handcrafted pumpkin cars compete in a side-by-side derby. Prizes are awarded for the top race cars and best designs.

Spectators and racers are invited to cheer on their favorite pumpkin cars, enjoy a hot dog lunch, yard games, face painting, a moon bounce, and more! The public is invited to attend this fun event – spectators and competitors welcome.


Great Pumpkin Derby Schedule:

  • 11 AM – 11:30 AM – Pumpkin Racers check-in at the Judge’s Table in the Gym. The Pumpkin Cars will be on display for pre-race viewing for spectators and judges.
  • 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM – Hot Dog Lunch / Yard Games/ Face Paint / Fun (Buffet in the Church Family Room, and Food & Games in the Gym)
  • 12:30 PM – Pumpkin Presentation – Races will begin immediately following the presentation. Awards will follow the final race in the Gym.

Competitors are invited to create their own Pumpkin Derby Race Car to compete individually or as a team or family. All cars are judged and raced equally.


Designs Awards will be given for:

  1. Favorite Design
  2. Funniest
  3. Most Adorable
  4. Sportiest
  5. Best Workmanship
  6. Best Cartoon Character
  7. Best Movie Inspired
  8. Best Animal
  9. Wildest
  10. Most Original Design

Race Awards will be given for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place for distance.

And, NEW THIS YEAR: a BONUS Award will be given for the best CHEATER pumpkin! We will have ONE Special Race for Cheaters… those who willfully violate rules #1, 2, 3 or 4 on the official rules. Only ONE Cheater will go home with a trophy!

Note: We ask that you avoid spooky/grotesque designs. We’re looking for kid-friendly fun designs.

Tip: Search “How to build a pumpkin derby car” or “pumpkin derby” on YouTube for instructions and ideas.

What to Bring:

If you are a Westbrooke attendee, we ask that families with last names A-Q bring a side dish, and R-Z bring cookies to share. Our Community is invited to join us for a complimentary lunch and EVERYONE is welcome to participate in the race. Competitors, remember to bring your pumpkin race car for check-in from 11am-11:30am (pre-register below).

If you are competing in the race, bring your complete Pumpkin Car!

Check out photos from our 2022 Pumpkin Derby for ideas and inspiration!

Register to Attend:

EVERYONE is invited to attend! You may come join us for lunch and spectate, or you may enter the race. Please RSVP today for Westbrooke’s Great Pumpkin Derby!

Volunteers Needed:

If you are a Westbrooke attendee, we are in need of volunteer judges, face painters, artists, and set-up/ clean-up team. Sign up to volunteer here.

Pumpkin Derby Rules:

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