As promised I paddled a 450lb giant pumpkin in the Damariscotta (Maine) pumpkin regatta on October 10th. It was overcast and freezing but a terrific time. Damariscotta is a community of 2,000+ but on race day, I would guess that there were over 3,500 enthusiastic pumpkin fans cheering us on. While I won my first heat, I essentially ran out of steam for the finals and placed 4th. At one point I felt ocean water coming down my back, so I made an adjustment so I wouldn’t completely swamp and have to “swim” my way to the finish line. This pumpkin, decorated to look like a beaver, was 200 lbs lighter than my winner last year. Lesson learned is that lighter is not always better.
Since this is done only once or twice a year, I am still experimenting with the best giant pumpkin design. I will be back in 2011!
Mark your calendar – within a couple weeks, you should be able to witness the race on your computer by going to www.damariscottafest.com