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VEX in the Valley Pumpkin Classic

Middle School Only

4-Nov-2023 Add to Calendar
Event Code
VEX V5 Robotics Competition
Event Type
Event Format
Field Control System
VEXNet Field Control
Spots Open
Event Region
California - Region 4
Max Registrations per Organization
Early-Bird Registration Opens
4-Sep-2023 20:00 EDT
Standard Registration Opens
23-Sep-2023 20:00 EDT
Registration Deadline
27-Oct-2023 22:40 EDT
Payment Deadline
20-Oct-2023 20:00 EDT
This event is closed to registration because:
  • This event currently has no spaces available.
  • It is past the registration deadline.

General Info

Holmes Middle School is delighted to host the 2022 VEX in the Valley Pumpkin Classic, a VEX Spin Up Tournament. The event will be open to 36 middle schools. Winning specific awards at this event will qualify teams to attend the California State Championship. This event will be limited to three teams per school. Once the event is full, a waiting list will be created for teams who were unable to register. This waiting list will also be available for you to sign up a third team, but precedence will be given to schools/organizations who are not yet registered. If you have any questions, please feel free to email the Event Partner, Robyn Albaeck at [email protected]

On-site parking is free.

Registration will be at 8:00 am, sharp.

Teams must be checked in 45 minutes prior to the start of the qualification matches so that the match schedule may be printed. Teams must contact the event partner if they are running late or they will be removed from the team list for the event.

Teams must be paid two weeks prior to the event. Teams not paid at this time may be dropped at the event partner's discretion to allow teams in from the wait list.

Grade Level: Middle School

Skills Challenge Offered: Yes

Judging Format: Remote Engineering Notebooks

Event Dates & Locations

Date: 4-Nov-2023

Oliver Wendell Holmes International Middle School
9351 Paso Robles Avenue
Northridge, California 91325
United States

Contact Information

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Event Schedule

Friday 11/03
6~8pm Team Inspection and Skills Field Open

Saturday - 11/04
7:00 am Doors open for volunteers
7:30 am Doors and pit areas open
8:00 am Registration and inspection begins
8:30 am Driver meeting
8:45 am Opening ceremonies
9:00 am Qualifying matches begin
12:00 pm Lunch
12:45 pm Qualification matches continue

2:40 pm Alliance selection and Skills events close
3:00 pm Elimination matches begin
4:30 pm Awards ceremony
5:00 pm Competition event closes


Volunteers are appreciated. If you or if you have a group that wishes to volunteer, contact Robyn Albaeck at [email protected]

Volunteer Roles Avaliable

  • Field Reset (great for those younger sibilings that came to watch the event)
  • Inspector
  • Judge
  • Queuing
  • Referee

To learn more about these roles please visit the RECF Volunteer Roles Overview Guide

Emergency/Bad Weather Policy

In the case of bad weather conditions or possible cancellations, please visit the event on where updates about the event status will be posted as needed.  Please make sure your team contact information is up to date in in the event we need to contact your team. 

Refund and Payment Policies

Event payments are expected when you register for this event and must be completed a minimum of two weeks prior to the event date.  Unpaid teams will be removed from the event, allowing space for teams on the wait list.  Due to the financial commitment on the part of the event venue, no refunds will be possible. Thank you for your understanding. It is essential that all teams check in before 8:00 am. 

Health and Safety Policies

As we are in the midst of the pandemic, following precautions will be implemented to minimize the risk.

1) It is mandatory to wear a face mask to participate in this Tournament. 

Date: 4-Nov-2023
Oliver Wendell Holmes International Middle School
9351 Paso Robles Avenue
Northridge, California 91325
United States

Travel Info

Holmes Middle School is located in Northridge, CA at 9351 Paso Robles Avenue, Northridge, CA 91325.

The school is between Nordhoff (South) and Plummer (North), West of Balboa Blvd.

At this time we are unsure if we will be able to provide food or onsite concessions as we have in the past for event participants.  However there are a number of nearby options available.  Below are the two closest clusters of options avaialble.

Balboa and Nordhoff (South of School):

  • Burger King
  • California Bowl
  • El Pollo Loco
  • Jamba Juice
  • Starbucks (Inside Target)
  • Subway

Balboa and Lassen (North of School):

  • In-n-Out (Line can be long)
  • McDonald's
  • Starbucks
  • Taco Bell 


We will do our best to broadcast this event and will post a link if possible as we get closer to the day of the event.

Pumpkin Classic Livestream Archive

Judging Format

In-Person Judging - The Team Interviews will be judged in-person the day of the event. 

Electronic Engineering Notebook Submissions are due two weeks before the event for early review by the Judges and further details will be made available as we get closer to the event: Team interviews will be conducted in-person at the Event. Engineering notebooks will be submitted electronically for evaluation, with a submission deadline that may be scheduled ahead of the event date.