Friday, October 31, 2008

Pumpkins Will Plummet At Punkin’ Chunkin’ Contest

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

Pumpkins will fly today (Oct. 31) through Sunday (Nov. 2) at the 23rd Annual World Championship Punkin’ Chunkin’ contest, where things will get messy.

Every year teams compete to see who can make the most effective pumpkin launcher and spokesman Frank Shade admits the event gets pretty mushy once the orange vegetables hit the ground.

Launching 10-pound pumpkins can also be dangerous so each machine must have a warning alarm built in which is set off before they fire.

Shade explains, “The spectators are separated from the firing area and are allowed to observe from a safe distance.”

Punkin’ Chunkin’ contestants are not allowed to launch anything other than pumpkins from their contraptions, although Shade says people have launched toilets and TVs from their machines in the past.

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