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.
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.