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Pumpkins will be paddled Saturday in Tualatin

Pumpkin Regatta to be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Commons

FILE - Pumpkin-grower Larry Nelson paddled hard to take first place in the Growers' Race across Tualatin's Lake of the Commons in the 2014 Giant Pumpkin Regatta.Perhaps the region's zaniest annual festival is being held Saturday, when the West Coast Giant Pumpkin Regatta will be staged at the Tualatin Commons.

A fall tradition in Tualatin, the Pumpkin Regatta celebrates the season's most iconic squash, with local growers providing giant pumpkins for teams and individuals to paddle across the Lake of the Commons in a series of races.

"We're expecting probably more pumpkins in the water this year than we've ever had in the past," said Heidi Marx, an event organizer with the city of Tualatin. Pumpkins have thrived in this year's growing season, thanks to a hot, dry summer.

The festival, now in its 12th year, also features pumpkin bowling on the east side of the lake, pumpkin golf on the north end of the lake, a pumpkin pie eating contest sponsored by Village Inn, a pumpkin weigh-off, pumpkin carving and more.

It all begins at 10 a.m. with the Terminator Weigh-Off, but the Pumpkin Regatta will be preceded at 9 a.m. by the Regatta Run, a 5K scholarship fundraiser beginning at Tualatin Community Park.

Other attractions at the Pumpkin Regatta include visits by popular “therapy llamas” Smokey and Rojo, from Mtn Peaks Therapy Llamas & Alpacas; a pep rally by the Tualatin High School marching band; a mobile archery range set up by the outfitting store Cabela's; snacks and concessions provided by vendors like Lee Farms, New Seasons Market and Whole Foods Market; and pumpkin crafts sold by local artists.

The festival ends at 4 p.m.

Schedule of events

  • 8 a.m. — Pumpkins start to arrive for the Terminator Weigh-Off
  • 9 a.m. — Regatta Run starts at Tualatin Community Park
  • 10 a.m. — Terminator Weigh-Off begins; contest signups begin at the information booth
  • 10:30 a.m. — Heather Pearl's variety show on the main stage
  • 11 a.m. — Mark Benthimer's magic show on the main stage
  • 11:30 a.m. — Pumpkin pie eating contest on the main stage
  • 12 p.m. — Smokey and Rojo the therapy llamas arrive under the main tent
  • 12:15 p.m. — Costume contest starts on the main stage
  • 1 pm. — Heather Pearl's variety show on the main stage
  • 1:30 p.m. — Welcome and sponsor recognition on the main stage
  • 1:40 p.m. — Tualatin High School marching band pep rally on the plaza
  • 2 p.m. — Regatta races start

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