Float Inn – Charlie Brown and the Peanuts gang never really believed in “The Great Pumpkin” like Linus, but they might have had more faith had they seen giant pumpkins like the ones at Windsor-West Hants Pumpkin Festival in Windsor, Nova Scotia, Canada. Visitors from around the world make an annual trip to view pumpkins of mammoth proportions in this community known as “The Little Town of Big Firsts.” The town was also the first to start a national pumpkin craze with their annual pumpkin race. Cheer on all the racers this weekend on October 11 and watch paddlers use their floating pumpkins as their PVC (personal vegetable crafts). The all day festival will also feature music, games, parade and local vendors. When you’re ready to call it a day, check in at The Clockmaker’s Inn in Windsor, Nova Scotia. Ask the innkeeper how she did in the race and take it easy with a relaxing goat milk bath or play a game of horseshoes in the garden, board games in the sunroom or read a book in a quiet corner in the library.

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photo courtesy of Windsor-West Hants Pumpkin Festival

If you’re looking for a pumpkin festival in the states, look no further than Maine. Check into Newcastle Inn in Newcastle, Maine and take in the beautiful view of the Damariscotta River, raid the bottomless cookie jar for homemade goodies and then ask the innkeeper to direct you to the Damariscotta Pumpkinfest. The third annual fest will feature a traditional pumpkin paddleboat race as well as the popular motorized giant pumpkin regatta on October 11. Various other gourd activities will be taking place through October 12 including underwater pumpkin carving, pumpkin catapault & “chunkin,” pumpkin pie eating contests and pumpkin drops.

If you want more giant orange action, look for alternate pumpkin options at a Nova Scotia Bed and Breakfast or at a Maine Bed and Breakfast. You can also use the keyword search box to find more local fall activities.

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