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Hurricane Dorian Squashes this years Windsor~West Hants Pumpkin Regatta

PLAN B being floated for a
Family Fun October!

It is with great sadness that the Windsor West Hants Pumpkin Festival committee announced the cancellation of this years 21st annual Pumpkin Regatta. 

The majority of gourds for the regatta come from the Dill Family Farm in Windsor. This years growing season had a very late start with May and June being exceptionally wet and fields unable to be plowed and planted.  When transplants were finally set, July and most of August were exceptionally hot and dry, hampering growth. And then came Hurricane Dorian, whose category 2 winds and heavy rains severely damaged vines and leaves that provide nutrients to the gourds.                       

To run a successful regatta, there needs to be in excess of 60 gourds available. The Dillís have focused in the past several years on growing gourds in the 600-800 pound range, which are used specifically for the regatta. The Dillís, like so many other Nova Scotia farmers as still surveying the damage from Dorian. Simply, there will not be enough gourds to supply PVCs, personal vegetable craft, to the pumpkin paddlers. "It was only fair to let paddlerís know as soon as possible" said Danny Dill, who already had bookings from pumpkin athletes as far away as Alberta. 

After 20 successful Regattaís, it is a sad day in the Land of Giants, but there are still many regional farm markets, u-picks and events to make the Great Pumpkin proud!

Stay Tuned for PLAN B


35th Annual

Dill Family Farm
400 College Road, Windsor

October 5, 2019 beginning at 10 am


Congratulations to Eddy Shaw (ctr) from Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, whose hefty gourd tipped the scales
in 2017 at 1624 pounds.  Eddy's pumpkin set a new PEI record.  Second place went to Steam Mill grower, Fred Ansems (left), with a weight of 1244 pounds.  Finishing out the top three was Jeff Reid of Waterville with a pumpkin weight of 1180 pounds. 

Who will have the heaviest gourd this year?  Visit the Pumpkin Patch and check out the various varieties.


Special Thanks to Our
Major Corporate Sponsors

Ernie's Septic Service and
Reid Davis Trucking





Cancellation Press Release


The Windsor~West Hants Pumpkin Weigh-off will be
held at the Dill Family Farm, Saturday, October 5, 2019 
What will you wear to this
years Pumpkin Festival?



Festival Sponsors

Victory Credit Union
Sobey's Windsor
Cheeky Chic Boutique
Royal Bank Windsor
A.V. Giant Vegetable Growers
Windsor Business Enhancement
(downtown merchants)
Atlantic Superstore Windsor
XL Trucking

Special Thanks to our
local businesses who bought pumpkins to support this year's Pumpkin Festival!


Festival Supporters

Heritage Memorials
Brison Development
Windsor Fire Department
Margaret Curry
Pisiquid Canoe Club
Windsor RCMP
Windsor Recreation
Windsor Public Works


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