Perhaps in his quest to find the Great Pumpkin, Linus should have hung out in Tualatin, Oregon during the 6th Annual West Coast Giant Pumpkin Regatta on Halloween this year. If "the" Great Pumpkin wasn't there, he surely would have found plenty of monstrous gourdes that would renew his faith that the Great Pumpkin did exist.
The West Coast Giant Pumpkin Regatta held on the Lake at the Commons in Tualatin, Oregon has become one of my favorite events of the year to cover. The sight of adults sitting inside a pumpkin and paddling around the lake is a hoot. The good folks at the Pacific Giant Vegetable Growers once again donated the giant pumpkins which ranged between 600 and 1,200 pounds. Four races were held during the festival with Brett Savage of McMinnville, Oregon defending his title by winning the prestigious growers' race for the second consecutive year in the first race of a day of pumpkin paddling.
Appearing to be an angle 'sent from above,' giant pumpkin grower Brett Hester carves a giant pumpkin in preparation of the West Coast Giant Pumpkin Regatta on the Lake at the Commons in Tualatin, Oregon. Despite what his appearance may leed one to think, Brett is actually just from Canby, Oregon.
Giant pumpkin grower Mel Gandee of Estacada, Oregon paddles his way towards the front of the pack in the early going of the growers' race during the West Coast Giant Pumpkin Regatta.
Brett Savage, a giant pumpkin grower from McMinnville, Oregon, leads the pack during the growers's race of the West Coast Giant Pumpkin Regatta. Brett never looked back as he paddled to his second consecutive victory after winning the growers' race last year.
Matt Hess of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers paddles his way across the Lake at the Commons in Tualatin, Oregon as he and other corps members particpate in a challenge race against members of Tualatin Valley Fire and Rescue.
Nisha Georga of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers paddles her way across the Lake at the Commons in Tualatin, Oregon as she and other corps members participate in a challenge race against members of Tualatin Valley Fire and Rescue.
Costumes of all types added a festive atmosphere to the races. Here a participant in the third race of the day shows his patriotism as he paddles away.
Two racers battle for position during a game of capture the flags, pumpkin regatta style.
Looking to work her way up in the pack, a female racer all pinked-out paddles furiously to catch up.
Suited up as a joker, Carina Christensen of Tualatin, Oregon keeps a lead over Santa Claus during the third race of the day.
A contestant in the growers' race paddles her giant pumpkin in the spirit of the Vikings who are rumored to have crossed the Atlantic in the very same manner during the 18th century.
Fully expecting to go into the drink, a member of the Giant Vegetable Growers Association dons full scuba gear to participate in the growers' race.
Shame was not a consideration when it came to costume selections for the West Coast Giant Pumpkin Regatta.
I am not the biggest football fan. Don't get me wrong, I enjoy football...I'm just not fanatical about it. However, I love Oregon 1A high school football. Eight man football! It's a wide open game played in the purest element of high school sports. I try to get out to St. Paul, Oregon at least once a year to shoot the St. Paul Buckaroos on their home field...the St. Paul Rodeo Arena.
I have blogged previously about St. Paul football and their very unique home field...a 10,000 seat stadium that host the world famous St. Paul Rodeo on the Fourth of July, but is converted to a football field courtesy of the local Willamette Valley Grass Seed Growers who donate seed and labor to plant a grass football field in the arena in time for football each Fall. Understand...there are only 85 students in the high school at St. Paul and 354 folks in the entire town. Here's a link to one of my previous blog stories about St. Paul Football.
The Buckaroos hosted the Perrydale Pirates on October 16th to determine which of the two teams was to going to take sole possession of first place in the Casco League standings as both teams entered the contest with a 6-0 record. St. Paul got out to a two touchdown lead heading into half-time and was able to hold off the Pirates as they battled back into the game in the second half. The No. 2 ranked Buckaroos kept a lead over the No. 3 ranked Pirates throughout the final two quarters to claim a 34-24 homecoming victory.
The St. Paul Buckaroos gather in the cottage adjacent to the rodeo arena for their pre-game talk as they prepare to take on league rival Perrydale Pirates.
The St. Paul Buckaroos host the Perrydale Pirates at the St. Paul Rodeo Grounds. The 10,000 seat arena provides one of the most unique settings for high school football in the nation as the local grass sead growers donate grass seed and labor to install a football field in the arena following the St. Paul Rodeo in July in time for Fall football.
Ryan Pierson of St. Paul runs for an eight yard gain during the opening drive against Perrydale. Pierson rushed for over 300 yards and scored four touchdowns during the Buckaroos’ 34-24 home victory.
Pierson of St. Paul flies for a few extra yards after being up-ended on a first quarter run.
Blake Barnes of Perrydale earns four yards the hard way as he is hit hard by St. Paul’s Ryan Pierson as he leaps high to pull down a pass reception.
David Ferguson of St. Paul questions a penalty call with the referee after the Buckaroos scored the two point conversion with 1:20 left in the second quarter for a 14-0 lead. The flag was ultimately withdrawn the the conversion was good.
TJ Weisz of St. Paul pulls in a pass reception for a 20 yard first down with 4:00 remaining in the fourth quarter.
Being all smiles after they celebrate their 34-24 victory over Perrydale, Matt Brown (Left) and David Ferguson of St. Paul shout out to fellow students as the bus leaves the St. Paul Rodeo Arena to head back to the high school.