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Hurricane Dorian Squashes this years Windsor~West Hants Pumpkin Regatta
PLAN B being floated for a
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
Dill Family Farm
October 5, 2019 beginning at 10 am
Congratulations to Eddy Shaw (ctr) from Charlottetown, Prince Edward
Island, whose hefty gourd tipped the scales
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?
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