Have you ever watched giant pumpkins float down a river? How about giant pumpkins that have been carved into boats that people attach a motor too? It’s one of those events that have you to see to believe. Mark your calendar for October 13, 2014 because that is the day of the annual pumpkin boat regatta in Damariscotta, ME.
Damariscotta hosts an entire weekend of festivities including everything from the pumpkin boat regatta to parades, pumpkin derbys, pumpkin catapults, food, kids activities to as much fun as you can pack into one weekend. The regatta, started in 2007, has been gaining more and more attention over the years. It has been featured on the Discovery Channel, The Chew and CBS News–Sunday Morning to name a few.
The regatta has evolved over the years and includes two divisions a paddle race and a motorboat race. Within those division there are heats that determine the final winners, who are awarded Golden Gourd trophies.
Since I have a complete fascination with the odd and bizarre this festival is right up my alley. It’s hard to imagine a big enough pumpkin that can be carved out and have a boat motor attached to it. I don’t know what they have in the soil in Maine, but they are growing those pumpkins BIG.
Here’s a quick video that shows a clip of both the paddle pumpkins and motorboat pumpkins.
Damariscotta, ME is located 50 miles northeast of Portland and is a small town located on the Damariscotta River. If you want to attend the event and plan to spend the night you should make plans now.
While you are in the area be sure to visit the Pemaquid Point Lighthouse, built in 1827. The entry fee is only $2 per person and looks like a beautiful lighthouse to visit. For a full list of additional nearby activities click here.
Prepare to have a great time at Damariscotta Pumpkin Festival & Regatta. When you go be sure to let us know what you thought and if you floated a pumpkin down the river.