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It’s a Halloween tradition - the fifth annual Tombstone Derby will be rolling through Elmore Saturday Oct. 24.

This year, the Elmore Area Chamber of Commerce, which is sponsoring the event, has added a “Pet Costume Contest” to the calendar of events. Bring your favorite pet dressed especially for Halloween. A “People’s Choice” and “Scariest Costume” award will be given to the winning contestants. There is no cost to enter the contest.

The “Parade of Fools,” which has been a stalwart of the Tombstone Derby since its inception, will have a few more “goulash” twists added to it. This year, kids’ battery-operated cars, pets and anyone else who wishes to participate will join the featured motorized caskets racers as they parade through the village.

Organizers ask that parade-goers bring noisemakers to ward off any scary creatures along the parade route. For the first time, crafters will be on hand to show and sell their wares as part of this year’s festivities.


Last year’s inaugural “Kiddie Battery-Operated Vehicle Drag Races” proved a great success and even more contestants are expected at this year’s event. The drag races are single elimination, with first-, second- and third-place awards being given. Kids are also being asked to decorate their “drag racers.” Awards will be given for “People’s Choice” and “Scariest Kiddie Drag Racer.” There is no cost to enter the Kiddie Drag Races or decorating contest.

The whole family can participate in this year’s “Derby Games.” Popular favorites the body parts toss, which teams partners to toss “body parts,” and the “cadaver toss” will be back again.

Motorized casket races have been the featured event throughout the history of the Halloween fun-for-all. This year, the motorized caskets will again participate in single elimination drag races and the namesake “Tombstone Derby” which this year will be formatted much like a poker run. Anyone needing more information should call Rick at 419-862-3058.

An expanded “goulish” menu is being planned for this year’s event. Pizza, apple cider, hot chocolate, pop,  doughnuts, hot dogs, Coney dogs and dogs’n’kraut, homemade French fries and onion rings, ice cream, hobo stew, and of course “goulash” will be on the menu. And don’t forget the pies. This year, as in past years, there will be a pie- baking contest. Pies will be sold by the slice or a la mode after the pie judging. Pie sale proceeds will go to the Harris-Elmore Public Library. Contact Renee Thomas a 419-574-1559 or Winnie Chasteen at 419-707-7972 for details.

And if all the activities still haven’t gotten you in the Halloween spirit, ghost stories will be told at the Heckman Log Cabin throughout the day’s events. 

All proceeds from this year’s “Tombstone Derby” will go to the Elmore Fireworks Fund.




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