Make 2024 the Year You Build and Race an Outhouse!

Dushore Lions Club will sponsor Founder’s Day on Saturday, August 10, 2024 in Dushore. The Outhouse Race begins between 6:30 and 7 p.m.
The official rules for the 2024 Outhouse Races are as follows, including construction information:


  1. An entry form must be submitted prior to the 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
  3. Team members must wear team identifiable clothes such as red shirts and white shorts, red shorts and blue shirts, etc.

Outhouse Construction and Dimensions

  1. 4’ x 4’ and a minimum of 6’ at the tallest 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!
  2. Pushing handles must not extend any further than 18” from side of the Total width of push handles and Outhouse not to exceed 7’.
  3. There is no restriction on size of wheels and the amount of wheels. We recommend 4 wheels for stability
  4. Steering is optional, not necessary, but recommended.
  5. Outhouse may be pushed, pulled or both but no motorization can be used to forward propel the outhouse
  6. 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.
  7. An opening is required on the back of the outhouse a size no larger than 12” tall x 42” This is to be positioned to allow the pushers an opening to see where they are going. No side windows allowed.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. Outhouse may be decorated or have a sponsors business name painted on the Please keep it appropriate, there are many children attending the event.
  11. Remember…this must look like an outhouse…be creative

Race Rules

  1. No more than four people are allowed to push or pull the outhouse during the Their names must appear on the entry form. No additions!
  2. Only team members whose names appear on the entry form may. 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
  3. 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 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.
  4. Teams will race for best time in first round. Top eight teams will advance to 2nd round bracket race. Teams will be ranked from 1st to 8th based on their 1st round 2nd round will be as follows: 1st against 8th- 2nd against 7th etc… Winners advance to final 2 rounds w/ same format. Top four teams will race a total of four races.
  5. Teams will be assigned starting lanes via a “coin toss” in first Elimination and Semifinals lane is 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.
  6. Staging before races will be done behind orange barrels and can wrap around the Bank When your team is called be ready to enter staging area.
  7. Teams are allowed to use different starting techniques just as long as no more than 5 people (4 pushers and 1 driver) are involved in the procedure. If the start is jumped early the run will be disqualified.
  8. ***Weather permitting: There will be a 10 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.
  9. ***In case of a rain stoppage and we cannot resume, the team w/ the best qualification time that has not been eliminated will be declared the winner.

 Disqualifications and Penalty’s

  2. If a Outhouse is determined to be unsafe or cannot compete due to mechanical failure it will be no switching of Outhouses between teams or within teams!
  3. Parts swap: parts change will be allowed in between You must be ready to run when your name is called. We will allow up to a three minute delay. If not to line within that time period you will be disqualified.
  4. ****During the time trials a 2 second penalty will be issued for any blocking, bumping or hitting of cones that the judges feel hindered the opposing Outhouse.
  5. During the heat races the team will be disqualified - no time penalty given.
  6. 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.
  7. ****If a Team is disqualified during the 1st Round Time Trials the 1st losing team in the Time Trails will move to 8th. If a Team is disqualified during a heat race there opponent will be declared the winner.
  8. Disqualification - no entry fee refund
  9. Any penalty or disqualification is final


Cash Prizes will be awarded for first, second & third place as well as trophies. Judges decision will be final.

All teams MUST be in town, signed up and staged @ curb by 6:15 p.m. Parade through town will begin @ 6:45 p.m. Plan your entrance accordingly.

Fighting is prohibited and will be reinforced. 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.