Join us for our favorite fall family event!


Saturday, October 21

9:00 am - noon
Lancaster County Central Park

Bring the whole family and invite your friends for this beloved tradition! A fall festival with games, inflatables, activities, food, a "Tot Trot" for little ones and a timed one-mile fun run race make for a memorable morning. But the biggest question of the day is: WHO WILL BEAT THE PUMPKIN?

See full event details below.

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Event Details


Lancaster County Central Park
Shuts Environmental Library, 3 Natures Way, Lancaster, PA 17602


  • 9:00 am
    Check-in, Warm Ups, Course Walk Through

  • 10:00 am
    Tot Trot
    100 yard dash fun run for kids under 5

  • 10:15 am
    The Great Pumpkin Chase
    One mile, marked and timed cross country run for ages Pre-K through 6th grade

  • 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
    Games, inflatables, and food (available for purchase)

WJTL Kids' Cookie Break will be LIVE on location with a Pop Up Party!



$8 per runner
(Children up to 6th grade running in either Tot Trot or one-mile race)

Fall fest activities, including games and inflatables, are free.

Food available for purchase (cash only or FACTS PrePaid account payment) on site.

About the Race

Parents are permitted to run with younger children if they wish.

Kids will run a one-mile, pre-marked cross country course, along with "The Pumpkin" (a school staff member or varsity cross country runner dressed as the eponymous gourd). Cross country team members and adults will be stationed along the course for direction and encouragement.

The Tot Trot for children under 5 is a simple 100 yard sprint race with the pumpkin, after which children get a prize.

Medals are awarded to the top 10 boy and top 10 girl finishers . Go get that pumpkin!



Fun races for kids!

See if you can pass The Pumpkin during our races!


Fall Fest

Enjoy face painting, food for purchase, and more at our fall fest. 


Games and Inflatables

Try your hand at one of our carnival-style games (all free to participate) and jump to your heart's content on our inflatables!


Get to Know Veritas Academy

This event it open to the public! Even if you're not part of the Veritas Academy school community, we welcome your family to come run and play and enjoy the fun! If you'd like to learn more about classical Christian education at Veritas Academy, we will have information and school leaders on hand to share information and talk with you about Veritas.