Autumn is the season in which we honor the versatility of the pumpkin.
We eat them, we carve them, we dress like giant squids and race across a lake in them. This weekend, the West Coast Giant Pumpkin Regatta saw all of the above.
Thousands of attendees came from around the nation to cheer on the giant pumpkin racers.
During the 2019 West Coast Giant Pumpkin Regatta members of the Pacific Giant Vegetable Growers club hollowed out their homegrown vegetables and raced around the lake.
As crowds gathered around the lake, the pumpkin growers prepped and decorated their veggie boats.
Held at the Tualatin Lake of the Commons, the once-small event has grown to attract thousands from around the nation.
The Pumpkin Regatta is similar to a typical fall festival. Attendees fill their agendas with plans to stuff their faces at the pie-eating contests, cheer on the dancing witches, and collect inspiration for their next Halloween costume just by people-watching.
Giant pumpkins were turned into boats for the participants of the race.
Before the races began, volunteers helped kids into the pumpkin boats who wanted to see what it was like to float in a giant vegetable.
The event held a variety of activities including a kids’ costume contest.
Heather Pearl entertained crowds during the Mz Pearl’s Variety Show.
But the main attraction is the race. No delicata at this regatta.
This year, the veggie enthusiasts that make up the Pacific Giant Vegetable Growers club hollowed out their precious pumpkins, saving the seeds for next year’s boats, and were the first to hop in their homegrown floating vegetables.
This festival is a meditation on the question, What can’t this gourd do?
Maybe you’ve played a round of pumpkin golf before, or bowled a few pumpkins, or even played giant pumpkin checkers. However, have you ever seen dozens of costumed racers paddle thousand-pound floating pumpkin boats around a lake? Here in Oregon, chances are you have.
The Pacific Giant Vegetable Growers competed during the weigh-in of their massive pumpkins. Attendees climbed on top of the largest pumpkins that weighed up to 1800 pounds.
The members of the Pacific Giant Vegetable Growers club raced their pumpkins during the first race of the day.
Thousands came from around the nation to the festival full of activities. Including a giant pumpkin on stilts!
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