Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, one of Tualatin's most-attended events, the Tualatin West Coast Giant Pumpkin Regatta, has been canceled.
"The health and safety of our community, partners, and vendors is our top priority," the City of Tualatin wrote in a news release. "Follow our Facebook page and website for updates on some exciting announcements including the release of a commemorative poster, new coloring book, and virtual celebrations."
Plans are to host the event again on Oct. 16, 2021.
The annual event, which involves races among costumed competitors who paddle their way around the Lake at Tualatin Commons, drew an estimated 20,000 spectators in 2018.
Still, those interested in seeing how the Pacific Giant Vegetable Growers, who grow the giant pumpkins each year (most of which weigh well over 1,000 pounds each), can view the award-winners via a Facebook page.
"We are so disappointed to have to cancel the Regatta this year!" said Heidi Marx, West Coast Giant Pumpkin Regatta event coordinator. "I think people in costumes paddling giant pumpkins is just the kind of nonsense that everyone needs right now."
Marx said since the Regatta began in 2004, it has only been cancelled one other time. That was due to predicted high winds during the 2016 event.
The event is planned thoughout the year but really ramps up in July.
Marx said they will salvage some of the celebratory aspects of the regatta in October with several virutal activities and a commemorative poster and coloring book of the event will be released as well.
"We are looking forward to coming back bigger and better in 2021," she said.
(This version replaces a previous one, mentioning prior cancellations and still-planned activities.)
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