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Monday, March 20, 2023

Pumpkin racing 101 – what, why and how


Turning Pointe Autism Foundation is thrilled to host the Naperville Pumpkin Race on October 29 at Rotary Hill. Thanks to a partnership with We Grow Dreams donating pumpkins, generous sponsorships from Assured Partners and Gerald Cares, and the Park District supporting this one-of-a-kind event; we are ready to roll!

What is a Pumpkin Race? It was an idea developed by a former Pixar employee in California! He tied a pumpkin to his skateboard at his birthday party and loved how it raced down his driveway. At that moment, Carl realized he could design an event that anyone of any age or ability could enjoy. Racing pumpkins on wheels is as silly and fun as it sounds.

Why do we Race Pumpkins? But why we race pumpkins is also serious business! Not just at the race, but prior. At our race, you would be eliminated if you tied a pumpkin to a skateboard. Participants in the fun must use our student-packed racing kits to level the playing field. Creating these race kits gives Turning Pointe students vocational skills and paid work experience. Every kit helps students learn and participate as working teammates at Turning Pointe Autism Foundation.

How do you Pumpkin Race? We sell race kits with everything you need to transform your pumpkin into a vehicle fit for race day. Each kit has two axles, four skateboard wheels, and other assembly pieces to ensure your pumpkin can move fast on race day! You bring the creativity and paint, decorate, and design your pumpkin for the race however your imagination desires. Then bring it to the competition at Rotary Hill! We will all race, laugh, and marvel at how different we each understood the assignment.

As you consider your pumpkin-latte-spiced activities for the season, we hope you’ll join our community and bring your entire family out to see pumpkins racing on wheels!

Find more info at turningpointeautismfoundation.org/pumpkin-race.

Carrie Provenzale
Carrie Provenzalehttp://www.turningpointeautismfoundation.org
Carrie Provenzale is the Executive Director of Turning Pointe Autism Foundation. Previously, she served as a consultant and member of the Turning Pointe Board of Directors. She also has 20 years of experience with local and regional nonprofits.