Oct 202013
 
Southport’s Scott Henkin (left) with Steve Shewmaker of Wilton, who lent Scott a 666-pound pumpkin to use in this year’s Pumpkin Regatta. The lake race was part of the annual Giant Pumpkin Festival Oct. 5-6 in Elk Grove  (courtesy photo)

Southport’s Scott Henkin (left) with Steve Shewmaker of Wilton, who lent Scott a 666-pound pumpkin to use in this year’s Pumpkin Regatta. The lake race was part of the annual Giant Pumpkin Festival Oct. 5-6 in Elk Grove
(courtesy photo)

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — OCT 16, 2013 –

Scott Henkin has grown his own giant pumpkins before, on his Southport property.

And he has won the fun-yet-serious pumpkin paddling race in Elk Grove before, twice.

Scott Henkin lines up in the second pumpkin from the foreground, at the start of this year’s Great Pumpkin Race. In the first pumpkin is a person in a monkey suit, who later sunk. There must be a lesson in that somewhere. . . (courtesy photo)

Scott Henkin lines up in the second pumpkin from the foreground, at the start of this year’s Great Pumpkin Race. In the first pumpkin is a person in a monkey suit, who later sunk. There must be a lesson in that somewhere. . . (courtesy photo)

This year, Henkin borrowed another man’s gourd for the annual festivities on the water in Elk Grove. And he went up against a couple of other fellows who were also looking to become the first person to ever win the paddling event three times.

When the spray settled, it was Henkin’s time for a three-peat. Henkin crossed the finish line first, for his third victory at the event.

Competitors hollow out a pumpkin, don a life preserver and wield a paddle for the three-minute race.

Following his 2010 victory, the News-Ledger asked Henkin if he trained for the athletic event.

“No, that would take all the fun out of it,” he said.

Copyright News-Ledger 2013

Steve Marschke

Steve Marschke