Pumpkin Run’s rallying cry: Support for Millsboro Fire Company


MILLSBORO – Traffic flow in the greater Millsboro area and parts of Sussex County will differ somewhat from the norm this weekend.

Bob Bryan, left, presents a $6,500 check from the Pumpkin Run car rally to John Hall of the Millsboro Fire Department during the 2016 event.

Precision driving, speed calibration and instructional accuracy is the collective name of the game as competitors from the eastern United States and Canada compete in the 17th Annual Pumpkin Run.

The Northeast Rally Club sanctioned event runs Oct. 13-15, with half-day 100-mile runs Friday and Sunday and a full-day 200-mile run Saturday. Most of the course is rural portions of the county.

“Accuracy, precision …. the course is timed to the second,” said Bob Bryan, Millsboro’s former mayor who is an avid road rally participant.

Because he laid out the course for this year’s event, Mr. Bryan won’t be competing in his 1965 Mustang.

Scott and Sarah Hudson, a husband/wife driver/navigator team from the Syracuse, NY area, wait at a stop light in downtown Millsboro during the first day of last year’s Pumpkin Run.

“We do a different course every year,” he said.

There is no prize money for competitors; the Pumpkin Run is a major fundraiser benefiting the Millsboro Fire Company. Last year’s rally raised $6,500 for the fire company.

Participating teams are asked to bring a nice gift for the fundraising silent auction and raffle.

Since its inception, the Pumpkin Run has raised more than $120,000 in support of the Millsboro Fire Company.

Thirty-two teams have registered to compete. Tandem driver/navigator teams hail from Georgia, Canada, Maine, Connecticut, New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Maryland, Virginia, Delaware and possibly the Carolinas, Mr. Bryan said.

One of the featured participants in the 2016 Pumpkin Run.

Included in the field are some competitors from the prestigious Great Race, road rallying’s premiere event which was staged in July.

Millsboro Fire Company’s ladies’ auxiliary will prepare Friday lunch and dinner, Saturday breakfast and dinner and Sunday brunch. Saturday lunch will be while out on the road.

There’s a hometown rallying connection: Millsboro Police Department will team up to run the course one of the three days, Millsboro Fire Company trustee John Hall announced at the Oct. 2 town council meeting.

“Normally, they run one day,” said Mr. Hall. “And they don’t get lost!”

News Editor Glenn Rolfe can be reached at grolfe@newszap.com

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