Halloween is a great time for pumpkins as they are the stars of the show. However, after their big day, things go down hill pretty quickly. One of the worst places for a pumpkin, as it's where the globe is forced to meet its fate, is at the annual Punkin Chunkin events in Delaware. Here, teams compete to launch pumpkins as far as possible. These arenít just simple slingshots, but are pretty complicated pieces of machinery and engineering. There are air-powered cannons, medieval trebuchets, and trusty catapults. Kids are even welcome to participate, just make sure that Mom and Dad donít do all the work.
The air cannons are the coolest and probably most dangerous. The current world record was set at last yearís festival as a pumpkin was chucked 4483.51 feet. The other pumpkin launches do pretty well too, and you wonít be disappointed as the orange orbs are launched well over 2,000 feet into an open field. If you canít make it to this year festival, donít worry; youíll be able to watch a replay of the dayís events on Thanksgiving night on the Science Channel.
Tickets are just $9 a person, but they only get you into one day of the festival and there are no multi-day tickets. The pumpkin party runs from November 7 through 9. It could get pricey if you want to attend all weekend, especially when you add in the $2 parking charge per vehicle. The gates open early at 7:30 each morning, and there will be plenty of food, music, and other entertainment to keep visitors entertained between the competitions. There is also a pumpkin recipe contest as well as a chili cook-offóno word on if extra points are awarded for combining the two.