Great Pumpkin Sails in Backyard Pool: Oceanside

Pumpkin weighed 500-plus pounds

Saturday, Oct 29, 2011  |  Updated 11:29 AM PDT
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Norma Bachert tries floating in the hollowed out 505-pound pumpkin, that she and her husband, Nick Bachert, grew in their yard, for a second time at her neighbor's pool in Oceanside on Friday. The couple named the pumpkin Leon and then the USS Leon for it's debut in the water.

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With squeals of joy and amid cheers from onlookers, an Oceanside woman climbed into a hollowed-out giant pumpkin Friday and made a successful launch in her next-door neighbors' swimming pool, reports the North County Times.

"It's working," yelled a delighted Norma Bachert as she paddled her pumpkin around the pool in the Grace Street yard of Rocky and Kathy Magerkurth.

"I'm not taking on any water and I thought it would tip over," she hollered.

Read more on this story with our media partner, the North County Times.
 

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