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Row, Row Your Pumpkin

Well my first Giant Pumpkin Regatta came and went — I paddle my turtle-pumpkin this past Saturday at Gown Park in Sanford, Maine. I will sail again in Damariscotta, Maine, over Columbus Day weekend.

There are only a handful of giant pumpkin regattas because there are a limited number of pumpkin boats. Everything from growing these giants, to transporting them, to decorating and then sailing them makes this sport somewhat delicate. Think about carving your pumpkins and how much stuff is inside these orange fruits. Now think about gutting a 600 -pound giant! This year the guts of my pumpkin filled two 5 gallon buckets. Other years it might be only half a bucket. I go through the seeds, and dry them for the next year.

Saturday was a beautiful day. Usually during other regattas a wet suit is a must. This race I was able to wear shorts and a T-shirt. I paddled my heart out but came in 2nd place out of 10 entries. I was in 3rd place for much of the race but put it on the last quarter and came in an easy second place.

I must say my turtle decorations seemed to be a hit, as I heard chants from kids on the side line …”go turtle go!”

Unfortunately, my turtle pumpkin is done. It is very hard to get your giant out of the water again in one piece. For my second race in October I will be carving out a 550-lb pumpkin. But I’m not sure what to decorate this one as. In the past, we’ve painted these boats to look like a sunflower, spaceship, monster, and of course turtle. So what should this one be? Any ideas, share them here.

If you ever have an opportunity to attend a pumpkin-regatta I highly recommend it. It’s lots of fun to see these giants in the water!


1 Farmer Charlies Wife { 09.22.10 at 9:44 am }

I want some of those seeds! I thought I had giants for the 1st time, weighing in at 75.5Lb., 70 and 65…babies compared to this. Never thought about sailing in them, too small, but how fun!!

2 Amanda { 09.21.10 at 11:33 am }

Hey, I think you raced against my dad! I wasn’t there to see it though :( Got any pics?

3 joey { 09.20.10 at 4:11 pm }

hey man how about the CORNELIA MARIE,in memory of catain phill Harris. PEACE and LOVE joey&kim

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