BOSTON (WPRI) — Benjamin Chang fulfilled a lifelong dream this past weekend.
The Harvard University senior rowed across the Charles River in a giant pumpkin, which he picked up from a farm in New Hampshire.
Chang and his friends wheeled the pumpkin to the riverbank Saturday morning before using a shovel to carve out a spot for him to sit.
Using an oar typically meant for a canoe, Chang then rowed from the Cambridge side of the river to the Boston side and back.
“To actually be in the water in a giant pumpkin was so much fun,” he said.
It wasn’t just Chang who got to sit inside the extraordinary gourd.
Chang collected donations from roughly a dozen others, which he gave a chance to row the pumpkin along the shoreline. Those donations went specifically toward Harvard’s student-led bioengineering lab, which Chang is apart of.
“Seeing how excited and how strange of a feeling it was for other people to be inside this pumpkin was just as fun for me as being in it myself,” he said.