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Pumpkin paddlers punt for vegetable victory

The Local · 17 Sep 2012, 09:20

Published: 17 Sep 2012 09:20 GMT+02:00

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Forty giant pumpkins, weighing up to 350 kilos each, had been carefully hollowed out for the race in Ludwigsburg in Swabia, and the competitors hopped in with paddles - followed by safety marshals in dry suits.

The regatta, held this year for the ninth time on the lake in front of Ludwigsburg palace, is only over a 60 metre stretch, but the pumpkins could travel much further, said organiser Stefan Hinner.

“The pumpkins don’t break up so quickly. You could paddle with them into next week,” he said.

Click here to see the pumpkin paddlers

But there are a couple of things pumpkin paddlers should consider – they should try to scoop out around their own body weight of pumpkin insides – and remember that the vegetables are not properly round.

“The biggest challenge is that the pumpkins do not grow evenly,” said Hinner. “And big does not always mean best. It depends on the paddler.”

The winner this year was Patrick Reyinger from the village of Bietigheim-Bissingen, who clocked a time of 52.9 seconds.

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After the race, which left many competitors damp, a fortifying bowl of pumpkin soup was felt to be a fitting end to the afternoon.

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Your comments about this article

21:10 September 17, 2012 by Lisa Rusbridge
Ha, this is great! It's right up there with bathtub races or bed races. Small town fun at its finest.

The alliterative title with the play on words is also entertaining. Although I think the pumpkin is technically a fruit. But to be safe most people just refer to it as a gourd.

Btw, the video was fun, too.
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