They’re racing what at Williamsburg Harvest Festival


Outhouse racing. Yes, outhouses.

Outhouse racing is one of the new events coming to this year’s Harvest Festival, taking place September 21, in Williamsburg.

David Lapier of the Williamsburg Harvest Festival Committee, explains that outhouse races involve contestants building an outhouse, on casters, for a street race.

“We wanted to get the word our as soon as possible so people can get to work on building their outhouses,” said Lapier, who looks forward to the new, unique event. “It’s something that we haven’t seen here before.”

The outhouses will be pushed by a team in a foot race. Each team will consist of two pushers and one rider, all aged 15 and up. 

Complete rules and regulations are available at the Williamsburg Garage.

Outhouses will also be judged in the best decorated outhouse competition. Judging on general appeal, appearance, use of the fall theme and creativity, a winner will be selected.

For those more interested in the front yard, there will be a new bench and porch decorating contest, of course with a harvest theme. 

“We thought we’d try something different this year,” said Lapier.

Also, new this year is a sporting activity in J.C. Whitteker Park, led by Ben Mcpherson, South Dundas recreation program coordinator, in promotion of the South Dundas Sport Lending Library.

Lapier said that the Scouts, who traditionally organize Bessie Bingo, are planning to try something similar, but a little different this year. “The Scouts always do a good job at Harvestfest. They are always really creative with what they organize.” This year the Scouts will be doing a pumpkin catapult bingo.

Other new exhibits coming to this year’s Harvest Festival include the Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry Pop Up Library and a beautiful display by the Grenville Fish and Game Club.

“Along with these new activities, all of the other regular activities will be back again this year,” said Lapier. Most importantly, Lapier encourages those interested in the outhouse races to pick up the rules and regulations and get busy designing and building their own outhouse. 

All Harvest Festival activities and events are free.

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