There had been talk of the Pumpkin Prix amongst a couple of our neighbors. Two were participating in the events.
|The upper left photo - Pumpkin Proud won People's Choice for favorite design.|
What exactly is the Pumpkin Prix? Scott and I had asked that very question. You take a pumpkin, find a creative way to attach wheels to it, and then race it!
1) At least one axle must go through a real pumpkin
2) The pumpkin mobile cannot exceed 50 pounds
3) Get creative, there is a People's Choice vote for the crowd favorite
4) Pumpkins race on double elimination
The pumpkin shuttle was made by our neighbors.
The pumpkin you see at the nose was fake, however, a real pumpkin rested within the cylinder, and the axle went through the real pumpkin.
There were a good dozen, if not more, pumpkin mobiles that raced. These pumpkin vehicles were awesome, many of the creators went all out on their mobiles!
|Let the races begin!|
The pumpkin start line was at the top of a hill, and the course ran about 40 yards. It didn't seem like far at first, but watching the pumpkins fly down the hill was HI-LARIOUS! Watching the owners stop the pumpkins at the finish line (which was midway down the hill) was even more gut-busting!
|Our neighbor, Rick, stopping the Pumpkin Shuttle. Talk about impact!|
If both mobiles went off course measurements were taken to see which vehicle came closest to the finish line.
Everyone got in on the fun!
|The little man seemed so enamoured with everything going on around him. I don't blame him, I was pretty impressed, too.|
Don't mind his lack of clothing, it was 96 degrees the day of the races. P.S. 96 degrees in November is simply insane, right?!
Once a pumpkin mobile was completely eliminated from racing kids would swarm to the mobile... And do what kids do best... DESTROY the vehicle!
The Pumpkin Shuttle took second - YAY Rick, Amy and Colt!
At the end of the day the winner was passed a plaque with previous Pumpkin Prix winners.
|Winner of the 2012 Pumpkin Prix, Jaws!|
SO. MUCH. FUN!
I loved seeing the neighborhood come together in such a fun, creative, family friendly way. And, it gave us adults a reason to "tailgate" on the sidewalks (and maybe a little bit in the street:)).
There's talk of our family participating next year. Scott is already conjuring up ideas of creative ways to attach wheels to a pumpkin. (We'd love to hear any and all ideas you may have!)
Should we ever move from this area we're taking the idea of the Pumpkin Prix with us.