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A small town in Nova Scotia holds this annual race, in water, in decorated pumpkins.

See giant gourds from Windsor's 17th annual pumpkin regatta

Leeanna McLean
Digital Reporter

Monday, October 12, 2015, 5:20 PM - It was the battle of the gourds Sunday afternoon at the 17th annual pumpkin regatta on Lake Pesaquid near Windsor, Nova Scotia.

About 40 paddlers braved the cold at this year's event. There were fewer participants compared to past years and it may have been because of poor growing conditions, The Windsor West Hants Pumpkin Society told CBC.

The goal is simple: Get across the lake.

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The pumpkins entered in the race come from school groups, businesses and even the Department of National Defence, according to the society's president Dana Taylor. Some pumpkins weighed as much as 600 pounds.

"It's a bunch of people looking to have a bunch of fun," Taylor told CBC. "I keep watching for them to flip over as they start, that's the fun part."

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