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It’s a Redneck Thang. You Wouldn’t Understood.

November 18, 2009 Leave a comment Go to comments


(Nov. 14) — Start with one delightfully warped science project contest for grown-ups. Add a touch of county fair and a whole lot of tailgating. What do you get? Flying pumpkins.

Every year on the first weekend after Halloween, competitors bring catapults, trebuchets, air cannons and all sorts of other pumpkin-launching contraptions to a vast cornfield near Bridgeville, Del. The World Championship Punkin Chunkin draws fans from all over the country to rural Sussex County, where a pumpkin is a "punkin" and "chunkin" rolls off the tongue so much easier than "chucking" after "punkin."

If you chunk it, they will come. Tens of thousands do. They crowd the fences along the mile-long firing line to see who can throw a pumpkin the farthest.


This might sound like a bit of a strange thing to spend your time on… but speaking as a Delaware local, let me tell you that it is a pretty unique experience.  Where else, but at these kinds of events, are you ever going to find the opportunity to experience the operation of a functional trebuchet!

Add a lot of socializing and some tasty barbeque… and it’s well worth the trip.

  1. November 18, 2009 at 8:17 pm

    That will need to go on my bucket list.

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