Giant Pumpkin Regatta

Saturday turned out to be a beautiful fall day in the Pacific Northwest. After running some errands, we decided to stop at the Giant Pumpkin Regatta in Tualatin, OR. There’s a little man-made lake there in which they often hold events like kayak and canoe days and remote control boat races.

Face painting, pumpkin carving, and food galore

There were lots of families there and lots to do. It seemed like everyone was out with the kids and their dogs.

Costumes and dogs were everywhere


The view from the other side of the lake

Around the other side of the lake from the festivities, there’s a bronze statue. Kendall paused to appreciate the art.

Enjoying the local art

The Tualatin Riverkeepers had canoes you could rent to paddle around the little lake. This was early in the day and only a few of the giant pumpkins were in the water.

Giant pumpkins and canoes
There were even train rides!

This little Cocker Spaniel was not happy to be out among other dogs. Maybe it was the costume he was wearing. He was quite barky.

A cute little Cocker Spaniel pumpkin

They were bringing in the giant pumpkins on pallets and then picking them up with a fork lift and moving them to the lake. They stopped just before putting them in the water to weigh them. The one we heard being announced was just over 1000 lbs.

Giant pumpkins waiting for weigh in


So, how does one qualify to be a pumpkin judge?

Once the pumpkins were in there, they were using little remote controlled tug boats to move the pumpkins around in the water. We didn’t stay around for the afternoon, but my understanding is that they were going to put people on top of these pumpkins and then use them as boats to maneuver around the lake. Hence, the Giant Pumpkin Regatta.

Giant pumpkins ready for the regatta

Kendall didn’t really care about the giant pumpkins. All she wanted to do was to meet all of the little kids that were running around.

I’m glad I took along the good camera, because I’m happy with the way the fall colors turned out.

Flat Kendall and I are off to the great state of Nebraska on Tuesday. I hope I’m more successful at getting some pictures there than I was when she went to Anaheim with me. Notice there were no Anaheim pictures? I flew there straight from New York a week or so ago, but I never made it out of the hotel to get any Mickey pictures.

Dog-friendly Events in Portland this Weekend

The weekend is upon us, and if you’re anything like me, you’re looking for dog-friendly events to participate in with your favorite pup. I found a few things going on:

Saturday, June 11th – Yappy Days in Pacific City, O R

The Inn at Cape Kiwanda, Tillamook Animal Shelter, and United Paws are working together to present the 3rd Annual “Yappy Days” festival at Cape Kiwanda in Pacific City on Saturday, June 11, 2011. All proceeds from this year’s event will benefit the Tillamook Animal Shelter and United Paws of Tillamook. Bring the family & your pet to the beach and enjoy a day filled with a pet talent and fashion show, pet musical chairs, games, grooming demonstrations, pet photos, doggie wash and much more. Purchase raffle tickets for a fishing trip, surf package, doggie gift basket and other fun, interesting items. Registration is $20 per family, and there is no limit on the number of pets you bring with you.

Sunday, June 12th – DoveLewis Run for the Love of Dove in Portland

9a to 12p
Admission: : $40 with a race shirt or $30 without a race shirt

Benefiting: DoveLewis Emergency Animal Hospital

Lace up those running shoes and get prepared to pound the pavement in support of DoveLewis! The beloved Run for the Love of Dove returns this year as a timed 5K run/walk. Runners, both human and canine, at all experience levels are invited to join the fun. There will even be a 1/2K puppy run for the kids! Lucky Lab in Northwest Portland will serve as both the start and finish line. Post-race festivities include food, drink, entertainment and a silly pet tricks contest!

Sunday, June 12th – Milk Carton Boat Races, West Moreland

This event starts at 11 am at the casting pond in West Moreland. I’ve never had the chance to see this, but I’ve always wanted to go. You can’t participate with your pet, but it might be fun to bring him along.

What are you up to with your pup this weekend?

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