The Great Pumpkin Race rolls back to the Village on October 8

by Mike Conroy

Get ready. Get set. Race! Or roll straight, sideways, fast, leisurely or however gets you to the finish line first. It’s time for residents, families, neighbors, groups and organizations to begin planning their pumpkin racers for Montgomery Village’s Great Pumpkin Race, scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 8, rain or shine!

Each year the racing and the decorating become more competitive, and this year is expected to be no different. Families, individuals, local dignitaries, groups and organizations are encouraged to build a pumpkin racer for the race, which caps off the Montgomery Village Foundation (MVF) Fall Festival. Participants will have time before the single-elimination heats to test and tune their racers for optimal performance. A limited number of race kits will be available both at the MVF Office, 10120 Apple Ridge Road ($20), before race day, and at the festival on race day (limited quantities); pumpkins not supplied. For instructions on how to build a pumpkin racer, click here.

Before the races get underway, all are invited to enjoy the sights, sounds and smells of the Fall Festival, beginning at 11 a.m. in the North Creek Community Center parking lot, 20125 Arrowhead Road. Listen to music, play tailgate games, visit the petting zoo, ride the rides, try the balloon launch, visit the photo booth and purchase delicious festival food, all in one place.

Once again, a shuttle will bring festival-goers from the MVF Office and the Church of Latter Day Saints parking lots all day. Pumpkins will also be judged for Best Decoration, Most Innovative Design, Prettiest, Scariest, Best Animal Look-A-Like, Best Cartoon Character and Best Themed Pumpkin Racer and Driver Duo—creativity counts! The Frederick Keys mascot, Keyote, will be visiting again this year to take pictures with fans! And for adults 21 and older, the beer and wine garden featuring select drinks from Lone Oak Farm will be available.

Vendor spaces and sponsorship opportunities are also still available! Get your business in front of Montgomery Village residents, and join in the racing action. For more information, call 240-243-2331 or e-mail mconroy@mvf.org.

Join your friends and neighbors for fantastic fall fun on Saturday, Oct. 8 from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at North Creek Community Center, 20125 Arrowhead Road. For more information, call 301-948-0110 or visit www.montgomeryvillage.com.

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