Make 2019 the Year You Build and Race an Outhouse!

Dushore Lions Club will sponsor Founder’s Day on Saturday, August 10, 2019 in Dushore. The Outhouse Race begins at 7 p.m.
The official rules for the 2019 Outhouse Races are as follows, including construction information:
1. An entry form must be submitted prior to the race. Teams will consist of five members with two alternates. Participants must be at least 16 years old. This entry form will include the names of the five team members and two alternates. The team captain must also be identified.
2. A $15.00 entry fee must accompany the entry form and is nonrefundable.
3. Team members must wear team–identifiable clothes such as red shirts and white shorts, red shorts and blue shirts, etc.
4. Outhouse Construction and Dimensions.
a) 4’ x 4’ and a minimum of 6’ at the tallest point. Measurements do not include height of wheels or chassis. No limit on length chassis. Three solid walls (back and two sides). No screen walls allowed!
b) Pushing handles must not extend any further than 18” from side of the outhouse. Total width of push handles and outhouse not to exceed 7’.
c) There is no restriction on size of wheels and the amount of wheels. We recommend 4 wheels for stability
d) Steering is optional; not necessary, but recommended.
e) Outhouse may be pushed, pulled or both but no motorization can be used to forward propel the outhouse.
f) No swinging doors or glass windows allowed but a door opening must be framed and the person riding inside the outhouse must be visible during the race.
g) An opening is required on the back of the outhouse, of a size no larger than 12” tall x 42” wide. This is to be positioned to allow the pushers an opening to see where they are going. No side windows allowed.
h) There must be a board inside the outhouse with a one–seater hole cut out of the board upon which a team member must sit during the race.
i) There must be a seat belt fastened to the wall of the outhouse to strap around the person riding inside the outhouse during the race. He or she must also be wearing a helmet during the race.
j) Outhouse may be decorated or have a sponsor’s business name painted on the outside. Please keep it appropriate, there are many children attending the event.
k) Remember…this must look like an outhouse. Be creative.
5. Race Rules
a) No more than four people are allowed to push or pull the outhouse during the race. Their names must appear on the entry form. No additions!
b) Only team members whose names appear on the entry form may compete.
The alternates may also “substitute” if a team member is unable to continue for a specific heat. This substitution will be made prior to the specific race the alternate is competing in as a new team member.
c) The substitute MAY NOT take someone’s place on the team while the race is underway and his/her outhouse is competing in that specific heat or race. This means that an outhouse could cross the finish line with less than four members pushing or pulling it and that instance is OK. If the driver is unable to continue during the race then one of the four team members who was pushing or pulling the outhouse may take over the steering and finish the race. Again, the substitute may not be involved once the race his/her outhouse is entered in starts.
d) Teams will race for best time in the first round. Top eight teams will advance to the 2nd round bracket race. Teams will be ranked from 1st to 8th based on their 1st–round time. Second round will be as follows: 1st against 8th, 2nd against 7th, etc. Winners advance to final two rounds with the same format. Top four teams will race a total of four races.
e) Teams will be assigned starting lanes via a coin toss in first round. Elimination and semifinals lanes are decided by rank. There will be a staggered start to the race. Once you go around the monument and are heading to the finish line you must make every attempt to stay in your lane at all times. Under no circumstance are you allowed to block or bump your opponent.
f) Staging before races will be done behind orange barrels and can wrap around the C&N Bank sidewalk. When your team is called be ready to enter staging area.
g) Teams are allowed to use different starting techniques just as long as no more than five people (four pushers and one driver) are involved in the procedure. If the start is jumped early the run will be disqualified.
h) ***Weather permitting: There will be a ten minute break before the start of the final two races to allow for teams to rest and make any last–second repairs or adjustments on outhouses.
i) ***In case of a rain stoppage and the race cannot resume, the team with the best qualification time that has not been eliminated will be declared the winner.
6. Disqualifications and Penalties:
b) If an outhouse is determined to be unsafe or cannot compete due to mechanical failure it will be disqualified. No switching of outhouse’s between teams or within teams.
c) Parts swap: parts changes will be allowed in between heats. You must be ready to run when your name is called. The official will allow up to a three minute delay. If not to line within that three minute time period you will be disqualified.
d) ****During the time trials a two–second penalty will be issued for any blocking, bumping or hitting of cones that the judges feel hindered the opposing outhouse.
e) During the heat races the team will be disqualified—no time penalty given
f) If a member falls from the outhouse there is no penalty, but there is to be NO pushing forward of the outhouse as he/she is falling.
g) ****If a team is disqualified during the first round time trials the first losing team in the time trials will move to eighth. If a team is disqualified during a heat race there opponent will be declared the winner.
h) Disqualification - no entry fee refund.
i) Any penalty or disqualification is final.
Cash prizes will be awarded for first, second and third place as well as trophies. Judges’ decisions will be final.
All teams MUST be in town, signed up and staged at curb by 6:15 p.m. Parade through town will begin at 6:45 p.m. Plan your entrance accordingly.
Fighting is prohibited. If a team member or supporter is seen fighting by an official during or after the race, that team will be disqualified for the following year.
Please refrain from the use of profanity. Remember this is a family event. There are a lot of children here and they are looking up to you. Be responsible.
Print out an official Outhouse Race entry form at under “Events of Interest.”
Outhouses MUST be on Main Street by 6:15 p.m. for signup and inspection.
Please include a check for $15.00 made out to the Dushore Lions Club and mail both the check and entry form to: Spencer Davis, 128 Trout Run Lane, Dushore, PA 18614. If you have questions please call Spencer Davis at 570-924-4465 or email or Jerry Frank at
The Dushore Lions Club is not to be held liable for any injuries sustained by team members during the race or during the time period of the race from start to finish.
The Outhouse Races will begin promptly at 7 p.m.. Be set up by 6:15 p.m. on West Main Street. The parade of outhouses will begin at 6:45 p.m.

Please right-click on the image to the right, save and print. Please include a check for $15 made out to the Dushore Lions Club and mail both the check and entry form to: Spencer Davis, 128 Trout Run Lane, Dushore, PA 18614.

If you have any questions please call 570-924-4465 OR email: or

Please understand that the Dushore Lions Club is not to be held liable for any injuries sustained by team members during the race or during the time period of the race from start to finish.