This Guy Paddled Down a River in a GIANT PUMPKIN!!! Set Unofficial World Record!

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Row row row your pumpkin, gently down the stream…


This is Rick Swenson of Fergus Falls, Minnesota and he’s just set the (unofficial) World Record for Longest Distance Paddled in a PUMPKIN!!


He paddled 25.6 miles along the Red River in this GIANT carved-out pumpkin that he’s been growing for SIX YEARS!! It weighs about 1,086 pounds!! 

It took him almost 14 HOURS to get from Grand Forks, North Dakota to Oslo, Minnesota!!


He’s waiting to hear from Guinness Book of World Records to see if it will be an OFFICIAL record!!

Way to go, Rick!

images by Brad Dokken

Thanks, Ed

  • Helen Gircko

    Wow. This is a breakthrough in the water transport sector. Elegant looks … and it deserves not only to name of Word Record, but also monument…. in bronze, may be. And if to grow a pumpkin longer and longer, it can grow to the size of the boat or steamship … etc. Thank you, Pee-wee!

  • Amanda Dushan

    I hope Rick gets put in the Guinness Book of World Records!