24th Annual Delaware Punkin Chunkin Coming Soon!

Real Estate Agent with Keller Williams Realty at the Beach

The 2009 Punkin Chunkin contest will be held Nov 6th, 7th, and 8th in beautiful Bridgeville Delaware. Make your plans now and come on out for a great seasonal event.

The World Championship Punkin' Chunkin' is name of an annual championship pumpkin-throwing contest held the first weekend after Halloween in Sussex County, Delaware. Competing teams construct and fire a variety of pumpkin-launching devices, including catapults, trebuchets, centrifugal machines, and pneumatic cannons. Contestants compete in divisions against machines of the same type.

It started in 1986 in Millsboro. Due to the increasing space required as the machines are upgraded to fire the pumpkins farther, the event has moved several times from where it began. About 75 teams competed in the 2007 event, held outside Bridgeville near Coverdale, Delaware. That year the event drew more than 20,000 people and grossed more than $100,000 in ticket sales and associated revenues. More than 70% of that money will be donated to a variety of community organizations.

Each type of machine competes in different categories, including height, fan favorite, straightness, and most importantly, range. Each launcher counts the best of three shots. Launchers typically hurl white pumpkins because they can better withstand the forces of launch than the regular orange ones. Each chunk is then marked with a small, color coded flag by officials in the chunking zone on ATVs. The sole fatality of the contest has been a duck hit by a hurled pumpkin.

There is also a carnival lol for spectators with amusement rides, food vendors and pumpkin recipes in a cooking contest.

The World Championship Punkin' Chunkin' Current Records as of the 2008 Championship. 2008 Records have been officially evaluated by the World Championship Punkin Chunkin Association.

Machine Class                              Team Name  Distance (feet)  Year  
Adult Air Young Glory III 4483.51 2008
Adult Centrifugal Bad To The Bone 2770.74 2004
Adult Catapult Fibonacci Unlimited II 2862.28 2005
Adult Trebuchet Yankee Siege 1894.92 2008
Adult Human Powered Gene's Machine 1827.57 2004
Adult Torsion Chucky II 3091.58 2008
Adult Centrifugal Human Powered M2S2 Spinumpkin 229.59 2005
Youth Air Young Glory III 3945.28 2003
Youth Catapult Little Feats 1232.94 2005
Youth Trebuchet Troop 6 Shooter 760.77 2008
Youth Human Powered Failed Negotiations 853.46 2006
Youth 10 and Under Little Blaster 1939.81 2002

Comments (4)

Ginger Moore
Wilkinson & Associates Realty - Gastonia, NC

Hi Tom, Hope you get a lot of participants..Gonna take a good bit of power & thrust to launch those pumpkins any distance:)  thanks for sharing.. sounds like fun!

Oct 21, 2009 12:53 AM
Tom Schoenbeck
Keller Williams Realty at the Beach - Rehoboth Beach, DE

Well the last year's distance was 4480 feet, that's just shy of a mile! I'd say these machines have mega power and that's why they have had to change the location recently. It'll be a great time!

Oct 21, 2009 12:57 AM
Sally K. & David L. Hanson
EXP Realty 414-525-0563 - Brookfield, WI
WI Real Estate Agents - Luxury - Divorce

Are there age groups ...restrictions on how the chunkin machinery is powered..ie human or gas, electric, mechanical....sounds like fun....and hope it raises funds as well.

Oct 21, 2009 12:58 AM
Tom Schoenbeck
Keller Williams Realty at the Beach - Rehoboth Beach, DE

Sally and David, I don't hink there are too many restrictions, but you can click the link to go right to the site. The machine class as shown in my post shows you the different types of launchers. They are getting more sophisiticated with the years and they are launching them further each year! Pretty soon they'll be chunkin them acorss state lines! LOL

Oct 21, 2009 05:49 AM