2020 Pumpkin Run Update

This is a hard letter to write, we are going to have to cancel the Pumpkin Run for this October.  I hate to admit it but the virus won.  I’ve been trying to find a way to make it work but it just isn’t going to happen.  Several of our workers don’t feel safe having to be in contact with so many people. The thought of check point workers without any experience is scary.  Also, some states are still in lockdown and Delaware has delayed moving into phase 3, which will remove most restrictions. 

The May rally is scheduled for May 21 – 23, 2021 and we will celebrate our 20th anniversary at that time. Please check with the hotel about your October reservation and be sure to make your May reservation.  The local sports complex has already booked a number of rooms for the same weekend. The number for TRU by Hilton in Georgetown is 302-515-2100.   Ask for our club rates.

If you sent your entry and check for October, I have moved that information to the May rally so the only thing you will need to do is update your insurance info. Joe Roche has put a new entry form on the website for anyone that hasn’t already mailed theirs. We are expecting more entries in May due to the fact that the VCRA isn’t holding a spring rally so it is important that you mail your entry as soon as possible. It is very possible that we will reach our maximum capacity and have to turn some entries away.

  1. If you mailed your entry and check all you need to do is check the hotel re: your Oct and May reservations and update your insurance in the spring.
  2. If you haven’t sent your entry and check you need to consider doing it now and also make your hotel reservations while there are rooms available.

If you have any questions, contact me  rhb19966@verizon.net

Thanks for your understanding and stay safe and healthy.

Bob Bryan       September 6, 2020

NERC Virus Announcement

I’m sure you have been expecting this letter.  Due to the crisis we all are experiencing, I’ve had to delay the 2020 Pumpkin Run until October 23 – 24 – 25, 2020.  I really hated to do this because many of you use our rally for a practice run for the Great Race but I couldn’t wait much longer due to cancellation policy at the hotel. 

The new date had to be coordinated between, hotel, rally master, fire hall, ladies of the kitchen and workers. Getting everyone on the same page wasn’t easy but I hope it works out for everyone.  The hotel will transfer your reservations to the new dates, but I suggest you call to confirm and if you aren’t able to attend you must call the hotel and cancel.  We are using TRU by Hilton and our block of rooms is under Northeast Rally Club (302-515-2100). The hotel couldn’t honor our earlier rate but did give us a rate of $135 per night ($4 per night increase).  At this point I can’t give refunds but will move your entry fee to October.  I have had to pay or put deposits on several things, but in October if I get enough entries to cover expenses, I will gladly refund as much as possible or credit your payment to 2021. 

Being this is our 20th rally, I have planned a special event to honor everyone that has supported us and thanks to a special friend of the rally have some great gifts (Laptops, TV’s, Gift Cards, Tablets, etc) to mark the occasion.

In August I will send out another letter with more details and hotel directions and schedule of events.

Stay safe – Stay healthy

Bob Bryan

Email rhb19966@verizon.net

2020 Pumpkin Run Entry Form! Get yours today!!!

Ok friends, it’s time to start thinking about rally season. Remember, April 24 – 26, 2020 will be the 20th annual Pumpkin Run in Millsboro, DE. To celebrate our 20th we are planning some special events. Believe me you do not want to miss this. The routes are complete and now it’s on to our Rally Master, Jim Feeney for timing and instructions.

To everyone that stepped up for Bob Herrington’s (Watson Funeral Home) challenge at our last rally THANK YOU. There are a few that haven’t paid your pledge yet, so please don’t forget.
I have included an entry form, but before you return it, please make sure it is complete and please print. Joe Roche will also put the entry form on our website (www.northeastrallyclub.com). The schedule of events will be mailed closer to the rally.

Again this year we NEED auction/raffle items to help raise money for our hosts, the Millsboro Volunteer Fire Company. Remember your entry fee only covers the cost of the rally and not the donation for preparing the food and use of the hall.

Our hotel has changed again this year. We will be staying at Tru by Hilton (301 College Park Lane, Georgetown, DE 19947) which is next to the hotel we used last year. This change was necessary due to the price increase from last year. Tru offered us a rate of $131.00 per night. Their number is 302-515-2100 and be sure to ask for Northeast Rally Club rates. Our block of rooms will be held until 3/28/20 and then they will release any unreserved rooms. Please ask for their cancellation policy.

Remember any car can run in our event. If you have any questions, please email me (rhb19966@verizon.net). Mark your calendar now.
Bob Bryan