Oneida to hold inaugural Fall Festival with ‘pumpkin races’


ONEIDA — The city of Oneida will hold its first Fall Festival on Saturday, Oct. 2, at noon.

This event is free and is sponsored by the Oneida Commons Vendor Mall, Oneida Police Benevolent Association and the Oneida Parks and Recreation Department.

There will be music, food and craft vendors with a wide array of interesting fall-inspired crafts and displays. There will be plenty of kids activities like bouncehouses and face painting.

This event will premiere the city’s first-ever downhill pumpkin races. Pumpkins will be raced in four age groups — 5 to 8; 9 to 12; 13 to 17; and 18 and over. It is free to participate in the races, and medals will be given for winners in each class.

Rules for pumpkin racer construction:

Must be a pumpkin — maximum width of 18 inches, including axels

No motors of any kind No pushing or helping pumpkins during race

Maximum wheel diameter of 12 inches

No fabricated chassis

No mounting of any kind (e.g., skateboards, strollers, toys, etc.)

No bumpers or cages

No sharp objects, explosives, pyrotechnics

Those pumpkins not adhering to the specified rules will not be able to race.

For more information and videos of sample pumpkin racers, visit the Oneida City Police Benevolent Association’s Facebook page.


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