Punkin Chunkin

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - CLASSIFIEDS -

What do you do with all those left over pump­kins af­ter hal­loween? Or maybe you just like to see them splat­ter? Pro­nounced and spelled punkin chunkin, the art of pro­fes­sional pump­kin chuck­ing dates back to 1986, when the first World Cham­pi­onship was held in Delaware. Now the of­fi­cial home of the sport, over 100 teams com­pete an­nu­ally dur­ing Hal­loween time, us­ing de­vices from sling­shots to cat­a­pults to achieve max­i­mum punkin chunkin dis­tance. The event in­cludes mul­ti­ple di­vi­sions rang­ing in style and dif­fi­culty, and even in­cludes a Youth 10 & Un­der group for all those as­pir­ing, fu­ture chun­kers. The cur­rent record for punkin chunkin is Young Glory III that trav­elled 1 366 me­tres back in 2008. While the con­cept of fir­ing large pump­kins in the vicin­ity of a large group of peo­ple may sound danger­ous, theres only been one fa­tal­ity since the events con­cep­tion, when a duck hit by a pump­kin shot from an air can­non. May the duck rest in peace

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