West Coast Giant Pumpkin Regatta

When jack-o'-lanterns just aren't festive enough, take in this annual contest.

Paddlers navigate the lake at Tualatin Commons during the West Coast Giant Pumpkin Regatta.Paddlers navigate the lake at Tualatin Commons during the West Coast Giant Pumpkin Regatta.

This annual series of races consists of paddlers piloting a gaggle of ginormous gourds through a water course.

Just when you think you’ve seen everything, you realize you’ve been missing the West Coast Giant Pumpkin Regatta since 2004. Exactly what it sounds like, this annual October series of races consists of paddlers piloting a gaggle of ginormous gourds through a water course on the lake at Tualatin Commons. This year’s event is on Oct. 15, 2016 and kicks off with a giant pumpkin parade and weigh-off, followed by a full day of costumed contestants plying the shallow lake in 1,000-pound pumpkin boats.

On dry land, a costume contest, live music, face painting, pumpkin carving, pie eating contest and pumpkin golf will keep the laughs coming at this free, family-friendly event. Located just 13 miles (21 km) southwest of downtown Portland, Tualatin is a great starting point for an autumn adventure in the Willamette Valley, complete with foliage and farm stands — but the most eye-popping sight of the day will definitely be those paddling pumpkins.

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West Coast Giant Pumpkin Regatta

Oct. 15, 2016

Tualatin Commons, 8325 SW Nyberg St. Tualatin, OR 97062

The West Coast Giant Pumpkin Regatta is a series of wacky races in 1,000-pound pumpkin boats. The 13th annual event will feature live music, pumpkin pie…

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