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When Windsor merchants began talking about a Plan B to save this yearís 21st annual Windsor~West Hants Pumpkin Regatta, phones rang, social media and emails blew-up and there were media inquiries from across the land. There were so many gourd ideas, that ďPlan PĒ took shape and now five people will have a chance to paddle across Lake Pesaquid and win great prizes.

Thanks to the efforts of the Dill Family Farm, 5 giant pumpkins are available to be paddled across Lake Pesaquid. Local community groups are stepping up to create lots of excitement at the Windsor/Falmouth waterfronts on Saturday, October 19.

Itís ironic that the very first regatta had five intrepid souls taking up the challenge to paddle one of Howard Dillís Atlantic Giant pumpkins across Lake Pesaquid, beginning the international craze of Giant Pumpkin Paddling. And now at the 21st annual Pumpkin Regatta, five paddlers will keep the pumpkin paddling dream alive while supporting local crop growers.

Chance To Paddle

And the Chance to Paddle one of these five giant gourds will be a major fundraiser for farmers whose crops were severely damaged when Hurricane Dorian blew across Nova Scotia on September 7, 2019. All Proceeds will be administered through the Hants County Federation of Agriculture.

Tickets will be sold at Windsor Home Hardware and at the Spoke & Note, Windsor, and administered through the Windsor Business Enhancement Society. On Thursday, October 17, twenty-five (25) semi-finalists will be drawn and notified that they have been short-listed to paddle in this years regatta.

On Saturday, October 19, local merchants will begin preparing the PVCs, personal vegetable craft, at the Windsor waterfront. At 11:00 am, semi-finalists will be introduced and get to inspect the pumpkin boats. At 12 NOON, five names will be drawn from the semi-finalists in attendance. First name drawn has first pick for the
perfect pumpkin boat, second name, picks the second boat, until all five paddlers get their pumpkin boats. The Regatta will start from the Falmouth side of Lake Pesaquid beginning at 3:00 pm.

Get Your Tickets NOW!
Tickets are $20.00 each or 3 for $50.00

Since the pumpkin boats are being sponsored by local businesses, 100 % of all tickets sales will go to the
Hants County Federation of Agriculture to help local crop growers.

Tickets go on sale Wednesday, September 25, at Windsor Home Hardware or the Spoke & Note, Windsor, until Wednesday, October 16 at 5:00 pm.
A public draw will be held on Thursday, October 17 at 8:00 am.

Windsor Home Hardware
Fort Edward Plaza
50 Empire Lane, Wentworth Road
request ticket office
Spoke and Note
85 Water Street, downtown Windsor
(All credit cards, cash, debit, etransfer)

General Contest Rules

  1. Contest is open to any person purchasing tickets for a chance to paddle a giant pumpkin at the 21st Annual
    Windsor~West Hants Pumpkin Regatta.

  2. Contest starts: Wednesday, September 25, 10 am, ADT

  3. Contest closes: Wednesday, October 16, 5:00 pm, ADT

  4. The contest is open to anyone wishing to paddle a giant pumpkin and support local crop farmers.

  5. This contest is being administered through the Windsor Business Enhancement Society.

  6. All tickets will be placed into a bin at the close of the contest. The bin will be sealed and signed.

  7. Tickets will be taken to the draw site (to be confirmed) on Thursday, October 17. Draw will take place at
    approximately 8:00 am.\

  8. There will be twenty-five (25), semi finalists names drawn. Semi-finalists will be notified by contact
    information provided on ticket purchased.

  9. All semi-finalists MUST be in attendance by 11:00 am on Saturday, October 19, at the Windsor Waterfront.  Semi-finalists will be required to produce picture identification.

  10. The first five names drawn from the semi-finalists on Saturday, October 19 at NOON, will be awarded a
    pumpkin boat and the opportunity to paddle in the regatta. If the semi-finalist is not present, then another
    ticket will be drawn from the remaining semi-finalist tickets.

  11. The top five semi-finalists MAY designate another paddler on Saturday, October 19, at the time of the draw to paddle on their behalf.

  12. Paddlers MUST be a minimum of 10 years of age or a maximum of 100 years young on the day of the
    regatta. All paddlers are required to sign a waiver

  13. Chances to win an opportunity to paddle in the pumpkin regatta is based on the number of tickets sold.

  14. There is no limit to the number of tickets that can be purchased.


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Revised: October 15, 2019