31st Annual Pumpkin Dash

Sep 30 2023
9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Presented By: Sterling Park District, CGH Medical Center and Jeff Bright RV Center
Event Sponsors: Sauk Valley Bank, River Ridge Animal Hospital, CEC of the Sauk Valley, Inc., R.T.S. Mulch Services, Inc., 815 Porta Potty, Moore Tires and Hooties Designs
The Pumpkin Dash Cross County Festival is a Sterling tradition, featuring races that vary in distance for crawlers through 12 years of age. The first 1,000 participants will receive a small pumpkin and a small bag of candy at the end of their race. Large pumpkins will be awarded to the winning girl and boy of each heat (excluding the 2 yrs & under race).
This FREE event is fun for the entire family! Other activities include bounce houses, a petting zoo, hayrack rides, face painting, activities with the Whiteside County Sheriff’s Department, and CGH ambulance tours! Concessions are provided by Sterling Optimists Club, including a free hot dog, bottle of water, and chips for each participant.
On-Site Registration: 9:00 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. (Registration is required at least 15 minutes prior to the race)
Event Schedule (times are approximate):
• 10:00 a.m. – Pee wee race (2 yrs & under)
• 10:15 a.m. – 3-year-old race
• 10:30 a.m. – 4 & 5 year old race
• 11:00 a.m. – 6 & 7 year old race
• 11:30 a.m. – 8 & 9 year old race
• 12:00 p.m. – 10, 11 & 12 year old race
Contributors: RFHS Junior Optimists, RFHS Art Club, Selmi’s, Sterling Optimists Club Members and Woodlawn Arts Academy
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