Eugene hosts 2nd annual coffin races

Halloween is just around the corner and to celebrate the City of Eugene's Cultural Services hosted their second annual coffin races Saturday.

Posted: Oct 19, 2019 5:59 PM

EUGENE, Ore. -- Halloween is just around the corner and to celebrate the City of Eugene's Cultural Services hosted their second annual coffin races Saturday.

Event coordinators say it is a celebration of the freaky and fun and is an especially great event to host this close to Halloween.

36 different teams put their engineering and creativity to the test as they raced home-made soap box coffins down Skinner's Butte into the streets of Eugene.

Thousands of people of all ages showed up in costumes to watch and support this unique event.

Organizers say that this race satisfied something Eugene was missing.

"I think that the community is really looking for places to come out and express their creativity and celebrate everybody's daring and creative prowess in building amazing coffins... having amazing costumes," said Sarah-Kate Sharkey, community engagement coordinator for Cultural Services. "It really embraces the unique and the weird that is Eugene." 

She says in their first year they attracted over 3,000 people and that she wouldn't be surprised if that topped that number this year.

She also said with the community reaction being so strong she see's this event lasting for years to come.

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