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
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
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
Tickets go on sale Wednesday,
September 25, at Windsor Home Hardware or the Spoke
& Note, Windsor, until Wednesday, October 16 at 5:00
A public draw will be held on Thursday,
October 17 at 8:00 am.
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
Contest is open to any person purchasing
tickets for a chance to paddle a giant pumpkin at the
Windsor~West Hants Pumpkin Regatta.
Contest starts: Wednesday, September 25,
10 am, ADT
Contest closes: Wednesday, October 16,
5:00 pm, ADT
The contest is open to anyone wishing to
paddle a giant pumpkin and support local crop farmers.
This contest is being administered
through the Windsor Business Enhancement Society.
All tickets will be placed into a bin at
the close of the contest. The bin will be sealed and
Tickets will be taken to the draw site
(to be confirmed) on Thursday, October 17. Draw will
take place at
approximately 8:00 am.\
There will be twenty-five (25), semi
finalists names drawn. Semi-finalists will be notified
information provided on ticket purchased.
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.
The first five names drawn from the
semi-finalists on Saturday, October 19 at NOON, will be
pumpkin boat and the opportunity to paddle in the
regatta. If the semi-finalist is not present, then
ticket will be drawn from the remaining semi-finalist
The top five semi-finalists MAY
designate another paddler on Saturday, October 19, at
the time of the draw to paddle on their behalf.
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
Chances to win an opportunity to paddle
in the pumpkin regatta is based on the number of tickets
There is no limit to the number of
tickets that can be purchased.