The Rules

The Official Pumpkin Derby Rules have been established to inspire good old-fashioned American ingenuity, promote fair play and ensure that all participants have a good time. All Pumpkin Derby Racers must design and race their pumpkin racers according to these rules to ensure that the race is fun and fair for everyone.

  1. Pumpkin Derby Racers must be crafted using a single, whole pumpkin. (While it may be hollowed out, it must retain its pumpkin shape.)
  2. Pumpkin Derby Racers must be created by inserting two independent axles through the pumpkin, with wheels attached to the axles.
  3. Pumpkin Derby Racers shall not attach pumpkins onto a prefabricated chassis of any kind (skateboard, stroller, Tonka truck, etc.).
  4. The total weight of a Pumpkin Derby Racer (pumpkin, decorations, wheels, etc.) cannot exceed 25 pounds. Your pumpkin racer will be weighed before it’s allowed to race.
  5. For the Youth and Teen Divisions, parents and guardians may assist the youth/teen in making the Derby Racer (attaching axles, wheels), but shall not provide assistance to designing and decorating the Derby Racer.
  6. NO EXPLOSIVES or PYROTECHNICS will be allowed.
  7. Cheating will not be tolerated. Feel great about being honest and fair. Don’t be tempted to be a cheater Derby Racer. Use the honor system and obey the spirit of these rules.