Some of you may know from years past that Farmers’ Almanac Editor Peter Geiger has a penchant for giant pumpkins. More specifically, Peter has competed in 10 giant pumpkin races over the last several years, most of the them here in Maine at the annual Damariscotta Pumpkinfest and Pumpkin Regatta. Though he lost his first race in Windsor Nova Scotia due to inexperience – he mistakenly thought bigger would be better and picked a pumpkin that was too large – and kept flipping another boat, which had been painted to look like a cow, he wins these races more often than not, armed with nothing more than a kayak paddle and a little elbow grease.
This Sunday, October 7, Peter will compete in his 11th race. His 500-lb pumpkin boat has been decorated by resident artist Scott Gooding to resemble a bat. Previous years have had Peter paddling pumpkins decorated as a turtle, a beaver, a spaceship, and Moby Dick.
Will this year’s pumpkin fly? Or will Peter go batty trying to keep the thing afloat? Only time will tell.
Good luck, Peter!