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A ghoulish good time – that’s what families can expect at the 2013 Tombstone Derby, set for Saturday, Oct. 26 from 10 a.m.-7 p.m. on the Elmore Depot grounds, 343 Ottawa St.

The event will kick off with a pie-baking contest and the 2nd Annual Carson’s Crew and Kennedy, Too 5K Run and one-mile walk. All proceeds from the CCKT, which will be held at 10 a.m., will go directly to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. For information about the pie-baking contest, call Renee Thomas at 419-574-1559. 5K/walk details are available by calling Kevin Slates at 419-367-6165.

The spooktacular event will also include kid’s battery-operated car drag races at 1:15 p.m. with prizes to be awarded for the best of show and scariest car. Cars must have stock battery power. Registration will be held from noon-1 p.m.


The annual Tombstone Derby, set for Saturday, Oct. 26, includes kids’ car
races, a Cadaver Toss, 5K run and walk and Motorized Casket Races, and
lots of other ghoulishly good fun. (Press photo by Ken Grosjean)

A pet costume contest will begin at 2 p.m., and at 3 p.m., a “Halloween Parade of Fools” featuring motorized caskets, kids’ racers, kids,  pets, tractors and more will make its way through town. All kids participating in the parade will receive a bag of treats. Noisemakers are encouraged.

Also this year, there will be a new contest for best-decorated bicycle and best coffin-decorated bicycle in both adult and kids divisions. A “body parts toss” and “cadaver toss” will commence at 3:45 p.m.  

At 4:30 p.m., the excitement will rev up with the annual motorized casket drag races elimination heats and finals, followed by the Tombstone Derby Casket Races Poker Run at 5:30 p.m.

Food will be served all day including hot dogs and Coney dogs, chili fries, Hobo stew, ice cream, cider and fresh baked pies.

Other highlights include a Magical Market and craft vendors set up from noon-6 p.m.; tarot readings at the Depot; pumpkin-carving demonstrations by Mark Moellman from noon-5 p.m. and a kid-friendly Haunted Historical Cabin open from 1-6 p.m.

Entrants in the Motorized Casket Races may can use any kind of vehicle, including a go-kart, golf cart, four- wheeler, etc. as the power plant. The body must be built to resemble a casket, must have working brakes, and must also be sturdy, so as to not fall apart. Organizers request “caskets” to be decorated with a Halloween theme, if possible.  Vehicles will only be allowed to race at speeds not to exceed 25 mph.

All vehicles must register to participate. There is a $20 entry fee to race.  For the “Poker Run” participants will receive a card with each lap completed. The winner will receive 100 percent of the total entry money plus a trophy.

For more information, visit For vendor information, call 419-707-9799 or email Rick Claar at 419-377-0700.




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