Australian Man Paddles Giant Pumpkin Down Tumut River

Former Tumut Canoe Club commodore Adam Farquharson fulfills lifelong dream of paddling down Tumut River in a giant hollowed-out pumpkin, captivating hundreds of spectators in a quirky and unexpected spectacle.

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Australian Man Paddles Giant Pumpkin Down Tumut River

Australian Man Paddles Giant Pumpkin Down Tumut River

Adam Farquharson, a former commodore of the Tumut Canoe Club in Australia, recently fulfilled his lifelong dream of paddling down the Tumut River in a giant hollowed-out pumpkin. The unique river expedition took place on Saturday, with hundreds of people lining the banks to witness the spectacle.

Farquharson had attempted to grow giant pumpkins big enough to paddle in previous years but failed. However, when he met fellow Tumutian Mark Peacock, a horticulturalist who grows prize-winning giant pumpkins, an pumpkin arose. Peacock's 412-kilogram pumpkin, named Tormund after a 'Game of Thrones' character, had won the prestigious blue ribbon at the 2024 Sydney Royal Easter Show.

After convincing Peacock to turn the pumpkin into a watertight vessel, Farquharson and his wingman Duncan Watt set out on the 1.6-kilometer stretch of the fast-flowing Tumut River. Farquharson, dressed as Popeye with a sailor hat and pipe, paddled the pumpkin boat, christened 'Cinderella' for the occasion, while Watt accompanied him in a kayak for safety .

Despite the challenging river conditions, Farquharson described the experience as the most fun he's ever had paddling the river in his 18 years of experience. He believes he is the first person to achieve this feat in the Tumut River, though he is aware of another person who has paddled a smaller pumpkin in a different location in Australia.

After the successful endeavor, Peacock shared pieces of the giant pumpkin with the gathered crowd, who found it to be quite edible. The pumpkin will now be used as cattle feed, though Farquharson jokingly suggested it should be preserved and displayed at the National Museum.

The event captured the interest of the local community, with over 1,500 people showing up to watch the quirky and unexpected spectacle. Farquharson's unique river expedition in the giant pumpkin boat will likely be remembered as a highlight of the year in Tumut.

Key Takeaways

  • Adam Farquharson paddled down Tumut River in a giant hollowed-out pumpkin.
  • The pumpkin, named Tormund, weighed 412 kg and won a blue ribbon.
  • Farquharson and his wingman Duncan Watt completed the 1.6 km river journey.
  • The event attracted over 1,500 spectators and the pumpkin was later used as cattle feed.
  • Farquharson believes he is the first to achieve this feat in the Tumut River.