What do you do with a 1000-lb pumpkin? In Windsor Nova Scotia you carve it into a boat and race it in the annual Pumpkin Regatta

Windsor Pumpkin Race

Photo courtesy of Windsor West Hants Pumpkin Festival

Windsor-Hants, Nova Scotia –  Every year this tiny Nova Scotian town, which has proclaimed its self the World Pumpkin Capital, hosts a Pumpkin Festival that includes a Weigh-Off and an hilarious Regatta with boats carved from giant pumpkins. About 50 to 60 pumpkin boats compete in the 500-metre race across Lake Pisiquid – some paddled and others motorized,  taking from 7 1/2 to 30 minutes to cross the lake.

The Pumpkin Regatta and Parade is held on the waterfront of the small town of Windsor annually in early October.  The location is 66 km northwest of Halifax and 20 km from the eastern end of the Annapolis Valley.

The father of mammoth pumpkins in the region was the late Howard Dill, who is credited with launching the international craze of growing giant pumpkins. Dill was a four-time Guinness Book of World Records holder, and developed Dillʼs Atlantic Giant Pumpkin Seeds. During August and September free tours are available at the Dill family farm pumpkin patch. Windsor is also know as the Birthplace of Hockey.

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Windsor, Nova Scotia, Canada


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