The 13th Annual Great Fruitcake Toss is flying into Manitou Springs, Colorado, this Saturday (Jan. 5), where 100 participants will use 20 different launching devices, including trebuchets and giant slingshots to hurl stale fruitcakes the farthest.
And according to event coordinator Floyd ONeil, some serious brainpower is used to pump out the unpleasant pastries.
He says, We have GPS engineers from Boeing who take the contest very seriously. They use air-powered pneumatic canons, and put in a whole year perfecting their launching device. It shoots the fruitcakes over 1,200 feet.
And this year, the festival is adding the Catch the Fruitcake competition, where team members attempt to grab hold of a fruitcake in flight.
ONeil says, Fruitcakes are going 70-miles per hour from 200 feet in the air. Theyre going to come down like baseballs. Its gonna be hysterical.
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