Every year I plan to attend, and every year I miss it. But this year, I was ready for it. On Sunday, I dragged the family to Windsor, Nova Scotia to cheer on the paddlers at the 13th Annual Pumpkin Regatta.
Yes, you are seeing correctly. Those are giant pumpkins they are steering across the water. Windsor is home to some of the world’s largest pumpkins. The town celebrates this claim to fame every year with a large outdoor festival. Naturally, the main event is the race across Lake Pesaquid. Back in 2005 even Martha Stewart entered a pumpkin in the challenge.
It was just as much fun as I anticipated. There were two classes of racers: motorists and paddlers. It was impressive how fast they could get those things to move. Considering the distance they had to travel, the race was over much too quickly. Many people were participating for charity and some were more competitive than others. There were also prizes for the most creative decorations. I think my favourite was the guy all in pink.
When the race was finished, I spent the rest of the time trying to convince my practically husband that he should enter next year. Despite how exhausted the paddlers must have been, they looked like they were having a blast!
If we go again next year, I’ll probably leave Shiva at home. She did seem to enjoy herself and she handled the large crowds with patience, but her presence prevented us from participating in many of the other festivities. All the sitting around in one place is not healthy for her manic brain. By the end of the day, she was getting pretty punchy. My PH and I were exhausted from trying to keep her entertained.
It didn’t help when a couple with a giant mastiff sat down right next to us. The large dog in her space made Shiva a very anxious girl. Though he was quite beautiful. He stuck his head out when I was trying to snap this photo, and I think it looks all the better with him there.
Regardless, it was a pretty excellent day and I am glad we finally got a chance to see the pumpkins in action. One more item crossed off my list!