There are different categories and styles of pumpkin launchers. Trebuchet technology, catapults, and human powered devices are all on display; however, the biggest and baddest are the air-powered pumpkin cannons. Back in 2008 the world record was set by one of these devices when a poor little pumpkin was fired 4,483-feet into the air and across an open field.
Even though the air cannons might hog a little bit of the spotlight, the other equipment on display isn’t too shabby. The trebuchets and catapults have easily sent some of the unlucky pumpkins over 2,000-feet. It might even be more enjoyable to watch these pumpkin chuckers, as you can probably still follow the pumpkin trajectory with the naked eye.
Tickets to this year’s fun are only $10 per person—and that includes parking—but your ticket is only good for the day you’re planning to attend. If you’re really hardcore about checking out all that goes into the punkin chunkin there’s even an opportunity to camp right in the field, but just be sure you’re up early to avoid getting nailed in the head by an errant gourd.