Thursday, December 5, 2013
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You might search online and not discover how or when this Pumpkinfest came to be. It seems to have appeared out of nowhere, full blown and completely operational at birth, much like Aphrodite on the half shell.
So I asked Buzz about it. He said, “It started, I think, eight years ago. My buddy Bill Clark and I were looking to get more people to grow giant pumpkins. He had some seeds and I had some space in my greenhouse, so we started out. We had 100 plants that first year and we gave them away.
“What do you do with a giant pumpkin once you’ve got it? We had a ‘How To Grow Giant Pumpkins’ book and there was a picture in there of a guy with a boat made out of a pumpkin and there was an outboard motor on it.
“I said, ‘Bill, we got to do this.’ And he said, ‘Well, I’ll grow the pumpkin and I’ll make the boat, but I ain’t getting in it.’ I said, ‘That’s no problem. I’ll take care of that.’ ...
“So the day came when we harvested our 754-pound pumpkin, Bill fashioned it into a boat, and we tried to sneak into town with that pumpkin. But when you’ve got a 754-pound pumpkin with an outboard motor on it, you draw a crowd ... .”
To learn more about the Oct. 5-14 Damariscotta Pumpkinfest and Regatta, visit: http:// damariscottapumpkinfest.com/.
The humble Farmer can be seen on Community Television in and near Portland and visited at his website: