TUALATIN, Ore. (KOIN) — A Pacific Northwest tradition returned to Tualatin on Saturday: the West Coast Giant Pumpkin Regatta!
Competitors hollowed out giant pumpkins and paddled them around the Tualatin Lake of the Commons all afternoon. Participants wore costumes and raced in a number of heats in front of a large crowd that lined the shores.
“I thought it was exciting,” said Sara Hill, who watched the race. “I liked listening to all the people holler and yell and carry on. That was fun. Never experienced anything like it, that’s for sure.”
There was also plenty of food and drinks for attendees to enjoy. There were pumpkin-themed activities like pumpkin bowling, pumpkin golf, and pumpkin checkers.
Racers came from across the country to take part in the events. While most were from Oregon, a few paddles came from as far away as Ohio and North Carolina to join in the fun.