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Pumpkin pilots take part in the Giant Pumpkin Regatta

The university’s Giant Pumpkin Regatta took place on Saturday, Oct. 10  at the Memorial Union Terrace. The event featured students racing hollowed-out Atlantic Giant pumpkins rendered buoyant by tractor-tire inner tubes through a course set up by members of UW’s Hoofer Sailing Club. During the growing season, the massive pumpkins were tended by UW students, including Chris D’Angelo and Lynn Maher, graduate students in the lab of Irwin Goldman, professor and chair of horticulture. Check out these photos and read coverage from the race in this Wisconsin State Journal story.

Jason Holman, credit Irwin Goldman
Undergraduate student Jason Holman carves a pumpkin in preparation for the race. Photo: Irwin Goldman
Claire Luby and Lynn Maher steer pumpkins
Graduate students Claire Luby and Lynn Maher steer pumpkins made buoyant by tractor tire inner tubes. Photo: Lynn Maher
Irwin Goldman, credit Lynn.JPG
Irwin Goldman, professor and chair of horticulture, pilots a pumpkin. Photo: Lynn Maher
Heat, credit Irwin.JPG
Racers paddle their pumpkins as a heat gets underway. Photo: Irwin Goldman.
Jim Nienhuis, 2015 Regatta credit Irwin.JPG
Jim Nienhuis, horticulture professor, watches over a heat in the race. Photo: Irwin Goldman