September 16

Highspeed squash at Screaming Pumpkin Derby

first_imgBeyond pumpkin racing, the Screaming Pumpkin Derby also included several kids activities and a costume contest. There was a kind of magic in the air at the annual carving party when Karen Shimer first thought up the notion of using pumpkins as race cars.Magic, or something equally spirited.“I think I was having a couple glasses of wine when we were carving pumpkins at our get-together, and I thought, ‘This needs to be more exciting. Let’s put wheels on these suckers,’” Shimer said with a laugh.From there, the Screaming Pumpkin Derby was born.Shimer, owner of Vancouver-based The Butler Did It Catering, took her idea and ran with it, turning it into a community event for charity three years ago.By pretty much all accounts, it’s been a hit ever since.“I won my second race,” said 8-year-old Hayden Kahler, who built a pumpkin racer called “Ghost Lights” and ran it in Saturday’s event. “Mine crashed into the others and the top flew off.”When asked if he liked to watch the pumpkins crash, Hayden nodded vigorously, but added that he planned to refine his design next year.last_img read more