Thursday, January 3, 2008

Fruitcakes Fly High In Colorado

MANITOU SPRINGS, Colo. (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – Folks in Colorado have a wild and wacky way to toss out their foul, leftover holiday fruitcakes.

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 O’Neil, 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.

O’Neil says, “Fruitcakes are going 70-miles per hour from 200 feet in the air. They’re going to come down like baseballs. It’s gonna be hysterical.”

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