November 3, 2001
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This weekend in Millsboro, Delaware is the 16th annual Punkin Chunkin World Championships, in which pumpkins are propelled distances approaching a mile from old-style catapults and huge air cannons. Anyone else going?
posted by donkeymon (6 comments total)
...distances approaching a mile...

any farther than that, and they might start an interstate conflict. not like delaware's all that big.
posted by phalkin at 6:38 AM on November 3, 2001

I've been hearing commercials on the radio for this event for weeks. Seems to be quite a big deal for the delmarva area folk. I'd like to see the Trebuchet category and the Centrifugal Machines. Woo hoo! or should I say Yee Haw.
posted by shoepal at 7:57 AM on November 3, 2001

Wait till the folks at PETP hear about this.
posted by bjgeiger at 11:22 AM on November 3, 2001

I lived 95% of my life in Delaware, much of that punkin' chunkin distance from Milsboro, yet I've always managed to avoid this event. Although I would have gone the year Trailer Park Riot played if I had been living there at the time.
posted by jennyb at 12:16 PM on November 3, 2001

The full itinerary and historical details of this year's punkin chunkin. (it started 16 years ago out as a personal feud between two guys getting too old to hurl anvils anymore, and the first punkin chunkin distance winner might have been 128 feet).

Almost as much fun as Middletown's hummers' parade on New Year's day...
posted by bragadocchio at 12:56 PM on November 3, 2001

Now that's an air cannon!
posted by xiffix at 3:49 PM on November 3, 2001

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