Thursday, November 1, 2007

Pumpkins Will Plummet At Punkin’ Chunkin’ Contest

LEWES, Del. (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – Folks in Bridgewell, Delaware, are finding a gutsy use for their leftover Halloween pumpkins.

Tomorrow (Nov. 2) the 22nd Annual World Championship Punkin’ Chunkin’ contest is flying into town and things are about to get messy.

At the event, teams of tossers will shoot 10-pound pumpkins using medieval-style catapults and air cannons that, according to contest president Frank Shade, “shoot pumpkins out like a gun.”

The “redneck renaissance,” as it’s often called, will attract 50,000 folks to watch 110 hurling machines shoot about 5,000 pumpkins, but no one will be flying to catch any plummeting pumpkins themselves.

Says Shade: “These machines can take a 10-pound pumpkin and shoot it through a school bus, so you wouldn’t want to try and catch it.”

Along with the soaring squash, “chunkers” will be heaving refrigerators, washers, and dryers, but it’s no big deal.

Says Shade, “Dryers aren’t that heavy. I could throw a dryer by hand if I wanted to.”

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