Where did the pumpkin go? I wondered, when I could no longer see the pumpkin just launched by a human powered machine.
I removed my camera from in front of my face and searched the sky, suddenly aware that everyone around me was scurrying. Sent soaring over 100 feet in the sky, the pumpkin was now flying back down to earth, its trajectory not in front but behind the machine where many spectators, including myself, were watching.
All ages, from little kids to grown men and women, launch pumpkins on a cornfield at the World Championship Punkin Chunkin in Bridgeville, Delaware, each year on the first weekend in November.
People from all over the U.S. and even Australia spend months building what they think will be the perfect machine to launch a pumpkin: a catapult, trebuchet, sling shot, centrifugal, or air cannon with names like Whirled Peace, Chunk-n-ology, Pumpkin Slayer, and Cinderella’s Revenge.
From then on I was known as the person who almost got killed by a pumpkin.
The WCPCA (World Championship Punkin Chunkin Association) “raises money for scholarships, as well as organizations that benefit youth and the local community.” The event will be televised on the Science Channel on Thanksgiving at 8 p.m.
Trip taken November 2013.