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Giant Pumpkin Regatta – My Secret Strategy

As you may know, I have never been accused of being athletic. But, in the last few years I have taken up the sport of pumpkin paddling. In mid September I paddled a 650 lb giant pumpkin that was decorated to look like a snapping turtle. It was totally stable and I came in a respectable 2nd place. This weekend I will defend my title at the Damariscotta (Maine) Pumpkinfest. This time I am taking a risk. The pumpkin is only 450 lbs and I have my doubts about just how I will fit inside and its seaworthiness. Two years ago, my “ship” (a decorated cow) kept flipping and I was never in the race.

I think smaller will work.  It looks like a big ‘ole Maine beaver. Here is a photo of the turtle from September and the new beaver.  If you can suggest a name for the beaver, let me know. If you are interested in seeing what a pumpkinfest does for a small community goes to  The high temp on Sunday will be about 60 degrees after a night in the low 40s. I may pull out my wetsuit for this one.

1 comment

1 Kim Gilbert { 10.07.11 at 2:41 pm }

I love this. What a neat idea. May need to suggest we add an event to our community festival. Is usually at end of September, but this is so cute! not sure where we would paddle though. Only have a small (and I do mean Small) lake here. Thanks for the fun!

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