The Main Event
Join us on Saturday, October 27th when we celebrate the close of the 2012 Nantahala River rafting season with a full load of fun activities*. The day's top events include the spectacular Great Pumpkin Pursuit, a fantastic five-mile trial run, free live music and a hilarious costume party and pumpkin decorating contest..
|Crazy pumpkin from NOCtoberfest 2011|
One of the most entertaining and fun events all year, the Great Pumpkin Pursuit--an all-out dash to collect numbered pumpkins tossed into Nantahala Falls--draws a crowd of hundreds of spectators as well as 50 to 60 paddlers. The paddlers don crazy costumes and deploy innovative pumpkin collection schemes while negotiating a massive traffic jam in the Nantahala's largest rapid.
|A scene from the 2011 Great Pumkpin Pursuit|
|Some techniques used to collect from last year. (Note the basket fixed to the front of this kayak.)|
|NOC Marketing team members Lauren Dietrich and Hope Brainard, getting in the Halloween spirit|
After the event we'll have a pumpkin decorating contest, live reggae from the Natti Love Joys and the 2012 costume contest.
We hope to see you, your friends and families out at NOC for the upcoming festivities! For a full event schedule, click here.
To finish, check out this "trailer" one of the participants made back at the first GPP in 2010. While the crowd was small for the first event, this video does capture the mood pretty well: