The Pumpkin Regatta, Featuring Motorized Floating Pumpkins

An annual event in Maine makes interesting use of giant pumpkins.


In Maine, the boating season is winding down and the fall foliage spectacle is ratcheting up, and there's one great event that bridges the two together: The Annual Pumpkin Regatta in Damariscotta, Maine. According to the linked article from All Things Considered on National Public Radio, there are both power and paddle divisions, with the performance pumpkins capable of harnessing up to 10 horsepower. Check out the article and listen to the radio broadcast on how the amateur naval architects turn 600-pound pumpkins into boats. We presume gourds are not allowed.