Relay Paddled Giant Pumpkin Race as part of the Damariscotta Pumpkinfest and Regatta. I was the first paddler for the disco ball pumpkin. I won the first half. My partner, Amanda, did a great job getting into the pumpkin quickly, but sadly she couldn't beat the yellow Pikachu pumpkin. That was the pumpkin to beat. Next year I won't be a newbie.
You have to respect the pumpkins. They are very unstable and unpredictable. One paddler capsized at the dock. Another almost capsized at the dock and went swimming but only the pumpkin capsized as they were getting into it and they stayed dry. One paddler capsized less than 20' from the dock. Another capsized at the turn. A pumpkin split as a paddler got into it. Oh my! Who knew fruit could be so fickle? We paddled in the rain. One previous year there was a misty fog, but never rain all day. I guess the pumpkins got the rain that they needed earlier in the season today. I'll be back next year to have even more fun!!
Thank you to all my helpers and supporters - Kim, Wes, Jim Bridge, Kathy Snow Bridge, Thornton of Ring's Marine Service, Inc., Kathy Anderson of the Damariscotta Pumpkinfest and Regatta and all the competitors especially Russell and JaJa. I give my kudos to Maine State Music Theatre for having such a grand costume sale perfectly timed. The competitors truly loved my costume.