If you think that vegetables can't be used as flotation devices, think twice! Every year, on the third Saturday of October, dozens of people race each other in West Coast Giant Pumpkin Regatta on the Tualatin Lake at the Commons. You'll be amazed by their speed, rowing skills, and hilarious costumes.
West Coast Giant Pumpkin Regatta was once a small community fall festival. However, every year it draws more people from Portland, Oregon, and across the Northwest. The city of Tualatin is located in 12 mi (19 km) south of Portland. There are many fun activities to try and see, like floating in a giant vegetable before the race or participating in a costume contest. There is also a variety show, stilt walkers, and plenty of food and souvenir stalls. Entertainment includes pumpkin carving and traditional games. Admission and many of the activities are free.
The amazing giant pumpkins for the festival are grown by the members of the Pacific Giant Vegetable Growers club (PGVG). Some of their amazing produce weights up to 1800 lb (816 kg). PGVG holds the Terminator weigh-off to showcase their amazing vegetables at the regatta, and that is quite a show by itself!
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