Enjoy the great Pumpkin Canoe Regatta at Ludwigsburg

by Kristi Adams
Stripes Europe

It’s fitting that the largest pumpkin festival in the world, the Ludwigsburg Pumpkin Festival, (Kürbisausstellung), would also hold an amazing event:  The Pumpkin Canoe Regatta.

Photos provided courtesy of:  Kürbisausstellung Ludwigsburg ©

Starting at 1 p.m. on Saturday Sept. 16, courageous canoeists will hop in hollowed-out pumpkins and race. Make no mistake – this is more than just a hilarious sport as paddlers show off their talent in precariously balanced pumpkins; there is a finalist round Sept. 17, and cash prizes range from 50 to 100 euros!

The event has consistently grown in popularity making pre-registration a must. Competitors may bring their own gigantic pumpkins, or if accepted as a contestant, row in a pumpkin provided for them, via a tractor.

Photos provided courtesy of:  Kürbisausstellung Ludwigsburg ©

Regardless if you plan to hop in a pumpkin yourself – or prefer to stay dry ashore and watch the fun, this is a uniquely hilarious event the whole family will enjoy.

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