Start Time: 9:00am
The Great Bristol Outhouse Race runs in a straight line from the crosswalk in front of St. Ambrose Catholic Church on West Street to the finish line at the traffic light. There are usually 3 or 4 outhouses entered per heat and there are usually four heats. The actual course length has never been measured but is approx. 500 feet.
Race "Headquarters" with the registration table is set up under a tent on the west side of the announcer's stage in front of Holley Hall. A large poster showing the number of heats, the entries for each heat and the ticket color assigned to each entrant, and, as the race progresses, the winner of each heat is displayed at the tent. The heat assignments are made in a random drawing. The winner of each heat then moves on to the final heat to determine who will be the World Champion Outhouse Racer.
Time for betting on Heat #1
Heat #1: 3-4 outhouses
15-20 min break (time for betting on Heat #2!)
Heat #2: 3-4 outhouses
15-20 min break (time for betting on Heat #3!)
Heat #3: 3-4 outhouses
15-20 min break (time for betting on Heat #4!)
Heat #4: 3-4 outhouses
15-20 min break (time for betting on the Final!)
Final: winners for Heats 1-4
Trophies & Awards
Prior to each heat, ticket sellers (who are volunteers helping out the Five Town GGG Club, the sponsor of the Great Bristol Outhouse Race) wander through the crowd selling tickets for $1. They will be wearing a board that shows the competitors for the upcoming heat and the corresponding ticket color. You can purchase tickets for any or all of that heat's competitors. All tickets are numbered and double, so the purchaser gets one half and the seller retains the other half. Purchasing ceases as soon as the countdown to the start begins.
If your chosen competitor does not win, you can discard your ticket in the proper receptical. If your chosen competitor wins, you are entered into a drawing against all of the other winning ticket holders from that heat. During the trophies and awards presentation after the Final, a single winning ticket for each heat will be drawn for a cash prize.
Your dollar, along with all the other dollars wagered, will go to help defray the costs of next years Bristol 4th of July Celebration.
Heat #1-4 Winning Outhouse
Final Winning Outhouse
(slightly larger) Outhouse Trophy
Bragging rights for a year!
Best Decorated Outhouse
(slightly smaller) Outhouse Trophy
Heat #1-4 Betting
$25 cash prize (one winner per heat, see Betting)
$75 cash prize (one winner per heat, see Betting)
Video courtesy of Northeast Addison Television (NEAT)