VIDEO: Kayaking in pumpkins is a thing in Oregon

West Coast Giant Pumpkin Regatta

The good people of Tualatin, Oregon, celebrated their 14th annual West Coast Giant Pumpkin Regatta this past Saturday. The event includes a quirky tradition where Oregonians in Halloween costumes paddle carved pumpkins as if they were kayaks.

Pumpkin Paddling
Pumpkin Paddling. Credit: City of Talatin, Oregon

According to Regatta organizers, spectators come from all over the United States and Canada to watch the great pumpkin race.

The pumpkins are provided by the Pacific Giant Vegetable Growers club, which was founded to encourage the hobby of gardening with a focus placed on competing with obscenely large vegetables.

Organizers say you can grow your pumpkin and race it or you can run one of theirs. However, they’re never sure how many pumpkins will be available to paddle until the morning of the Regatta, so signing up on their list does not guarantee a pumpkin to paddle.

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In the video, you do see a few pumpkins take on water which leads to capsized paddlers. It also appears to be raining the entire time, but that’s never seemed to slow down Oregonians.

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