Smashing pumpkins? More like smashing records; Nebraska man travels 38 miles down Missouri River in pumpkin boat

NEBRASKA CITY, Neb. – A Nebraska man set on breaking a Guinness World Record recently sailed down the Missouri river in a gourd-geous pumpkin boat for 38 miles.

Duane Hansen set sail at 7:30 A.M. in Bellevue and traveled down the Missouri River all the way to Nebraska City.

Hansen says he asked Bellevue officials to bear witness to his daring feat to verify his record-setting attempt.

According to the Guinness World Records website, the previous record for the longest journey by pumpkin boat was 25.5 miles (41.038 km), set in 2018.

Duane made sure to conquer his thirst with a handy cup holder carved into the pumpkin vessel, as he didn’t arrive in Nebraska City until 6:30 P.M.

Guinness World Record adjudicators say they are reviewing the evidence before they make any decision.

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