It's not quite like anything you've seen before - that is, if you don't make a habit out of hollowing out giant gourds and paddling them to a finish line! It's that time of year again where the shores of Lake Champlain are dotted with large, orange boats awaiting the start whistle. It's the Giant Pumpkin Regatta and Festival, and it's one festive day you won't want to miss.
The 3rd annual Giant Pumpkin Regatta and Festival on Sunday, Oct. 10, features local business leaders, students and others racing in giant hollowed-out gourds on Lake Champlain, in a competition of size and speed. The family-friendly festival includes many food vendors, arts and crafts, kids' activities, pie eating contests, and even a fall inspired pet costume contest. If you haven't made it to Burlington yet, you'll want to consider some lodging - look online for details.
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