Muddy Pumpkin Run

Runners take a break after completing last year’s Muddy Pumpkin Run in downtown Dayton. The event returns this year on Saturday, Oct. 31, and MainStreet Dayton will be holding a virtual costume contest for children.

The Care Center will be holding its Muddy Pumpkin Mud Run on Saturday, Oct. 31, beginning at 8:30 a.m.

The event involves, running with a pumpkin through a muddy course.

“Before the event, you’ll have the opportunity to pick your pumpkin, get warmed up and haul that gourd through the course,” event organizers said. “Think you can handle a great pumpkin? Get creative with your hauling technique!”

Registration is $45 for individuals, and groups that have a team of four or more will each receive a $5 discount for each individual. Youth registration for ages 6-12 is $20, and team discount pricing is not available for those in the youth category.

Additional information will be released in the coming days, but for more information, contact The Care Center at (423) 775-0019 during offices hours Tuesday through Friday, or via email at

Also in October, while MainStreet Dayton’s annual PumpkinFest will not be held as normal due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but MainStreet will still be hosting a virtual costume contest.

To enter, visit and fill out the digital version of the costume contest entry form. Email the form as well as photos of you in your costume to no later than Tuesday, Oct. 27, at 5 p.m. Winners will be notified by Thursday, Oct. 29.

Winners will meet at FirstBank, located at 1525 Market Street in Dayton, on Friday, Oct. 30 at 4:30 p.m. to pick up prizes and for photos, so come in your winning costume.

Costume contest divisions are as follows: Tiny Tots (ages 0-2), Small Spooks (ages 3-5), Middle Monsters (ages6-9) and Older Ogres (ages 10-14).

Contest rules include:

• No nudity or semblance of nudity allowed. This is a family event. All costumes must be secured at all times, without episodes of indecency or wardrobe malfunctions.

• Each contestant may only enter one costume into competition.

• No profanity, political or religious statements or signage are allowed during the contest.

• Contestants will be judged according to their costume’s resemblance to the character it is based on, representation of their costume and craftsmanship skill.

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