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September 26, 2013

Pumpkin Regatta on Otsego Lake draws more of a 'local crowd'


There were three separate races on Sunday morning.

The winner of the 1st race was Courtney Younce, representing the Country Inn and Suites in Milford. Mary Grose came in 2nd place representing Carbone Auto in Utica, Paulina Tompkins came in 3rd representing Gordon B. Roberts, an insurance company in Oneonta, and Art Bowden came in 4th for New York Pizza of Cooperstown.

Wende Edderts won the 2nd race for Community Bank followed by Chad Welch in 2nd representing Smith Ford in Cooperstown, Scott Barton got 3rd place for Hickory Grove and Matt Vershneider, who’s pumpkin filled with water, represented the NYS Giant Pumpkin Association and came in 4th place.

The 3rd race was just for people representing local business and was championed by Mary Grose. Paulina Tompkins got 2nd place followed by Wende Edderts in 3rd place and Chad Welch in 4th place.

Welch said he’s competed in every Pumpkin Regatta in Cooperstown in the last 8 or 9 years, except one he missed because of a wedding.

“I’ve won a few times, I’ve come in 2nd a few times and I’ve sunk a few times. It’s always a surprise,” Welch said.

“A lot of times it’s just the luck of what pumpkin you race,” he continued.

Welch said he races because it’s fun and it’s a great community event.

“I try to support the Chamber in doing things to promote businesses here in town,” Welch said.

“I sacrifice myself for the benefit of the community to laugh at,” he continued with a smile.

Mary Grose, the winner of the 3rd race said she was nervous to do the race and her main goal was to finish the race dry.

Grose, who has been working at the Harley Davidson dealership owned by Carbone Auto Group for 8 years, said she would definitely do it again next year.

Grose was awarded with a bat from Cooperstown Bat Company and a ceramic pumpkin for winning.

Grose did crew in college and does a lot of kayaking now.

“I thought it would be similar but it’s more about balance,” Grose said. “It’s definitely a lot harder than kayaking.”

“I can’t wait for next year,” Grose said. “It was fun, more fun than I thought it would be.”

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