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Pumpkin Regatta racers paddle hollowed-out gourds

By
Ben Hooper

Oct. 23 (UPI) -- An Oregon city hosted an unusual race when paddlers climbed into hollowed-out giant pumpkins for the 14th annual Pumpkin Regatta.

The event Saturday in Tualatin featured thousands of spectators braving the rain to watch racers, many in elaborate costumes, padding their hollow pumpkin boats across the water.

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The first race pitted growers against sponsors, while subsequent races featured police officers, firefighters and pumpkin-paddling members of the public.

The event featured one particularly elaborate pumpkin boat carved to look like a giant duck.

The pumpkins converted into boats for the race were supplied by the Pacific Giant Vegetable Growers.

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