Celebrate Fall At The Great Alaskan Pumpkin Drop, A Quirky Festival In Alaska

Fall is in the air and pumpkins are the most popular decoration around. A bunch of crazy Alaskans decided it must be time to throw perfectly good pumpkins out of small airplanes over a glacial river, surrounded by snow-capped peaks. The Great Alaskan Pumpkin Drop is a tradition like no other. Dozens of aircraft participate in the event annually, which involves dropping pumpkins out of planes in hopes of hitting a scarecrow down below. Last year, the event gathered 40 small planes including Super Cubs and Cessna 150’s. They headed to the practice airstrip by the Knik River north of Hunter Creek and held this unique Alaskan tradition. Something about Alaska just makes people do insane things.

Watch this awesome footage from last year’s event here:

You may also like these 14 Alaskan Harvest Festivals You’ll Want To Visit Year After Year. And on the way home, check out The 12 Very Best Places In Alaska To Get Pumpkin Pie.

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