Windsor~West Hants Pumpkin Regatta

Location

Windsor Waterfront

Windsor

Bay of Fundy & Annapolis Valley

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Contact

VanEssa Roberts

T: 902.798.1708

E: vanessa@town.windsor.ns.ca

Rates & Dates

October 12th, 2014 to October 12th, 2014

Description

The Windsor~West Hants Pumpkin Regatta can truly be called one of Canada’s must unusual, challenging and entertaining sporting events. It is the ultimate test of man’s (and woman’s and children’s) ability to harness nature. And nature comes in the form of 600-pound pumpkins that must be paddled across a choppy Lake Pesaquid.

Participants in The Pumpkin Regatta are brave, courageous and bold – but not always able to manoeuver and/or outwit a giant pumpkin whose natural habitat is dry land and whose natural inclination is not to be a water-borne craft. For spectators the attraction is obvious: It’s great entertainment watching “athletes” attempt to paddle their “personal vegetable crafts” (PVCs) across a challenging 500-metre course. After all, any resemblance between a hollowed-out pumpkin (the average PVC weighs more than 600 pounds) and a canoe, for instance, is purely coincidental.

However, with the growth of The Pumpkin Regatta, a motorized class of PVC has been added. Giant pumpkins have no more regard for outboard motors than they have for the pumpkin-paddling public. The mechanically inclined are out there devising more effective and efficient ways of propelling gargantuan gourds across expanses of water. Regatta festivities get under way with the “Parade of Pumpkin Paddlers”. Then, while PVCs are being launched, local musicians entertain on the Windsor waterfront.

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