2009 Punkin Chunkin
November 6th,
November 7th and 8th


Air Cannon
Young Glory 4,483.51 feet Jake Burton
Bad to the Bone 2,459.42 ft Donny Jefferson
Sir Chunk-a-lot 1,747.34 Alexander Andrew
Yankee Siege 1,897.47 Steven Segars
Human Power
Gene's Machine 1,193.92 Jim Durnan
Chucky 2 3,091.78 Dan Collins
Air Cannon

Lets Bounce 3,998.83 Connie Payton
Team Distance Captain
11-17 YOUTH
Youth Air
Little Blaster 3,386.07 Brice Short
Punkin Pitcher 888.48 Jesse Tayor
Troop 6 Shooter 760.77 No name
Human Power
Ground Hog Trap* 684.36 No Name
Jersey Devil 562.10 Larry Lundervoid
Punkin Trap n/a Dave Hodges

Results are considered unofficial by The Punkin Chunkin Association for up to one week in case of disputes.
# in dispute


World Championship Punkin Chunkin 2009.

Air cannons will fire pumpkins nearly a mile, centifugal machines using hugh John Deer Tractor engines will spin so fast they will make you dizzy, the World's Most Dangerous Slingshot will make the earth tremble, and ancient designed trebuchets will launch and crash. AND there are a multitude of things to do......crafts, and food galore. Punkin Chunkin, is really a big gigantic field party, gone '90s with a Jerry Garcia twist! A really good down home event for everyone! Bring cookout stoves, coolers, picnic supplies and, or, just about anything you might need to spend a fall day outdoors. Sturdy shoes and warm clothes are often suggested depending upon the weather. It is almost a mile from where the big cannons fire to the landing zone, and there are a multitude of machines from the simple to complex to view so expect to do some walking around.

America's Punkin Chunkin
November 6th,
November 7th and 8th
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Maps and directions are here !!!

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Centrifugal Machine
Air Cannon Unviversal
Air Cannon Mellow Yellow
Catapult (short)
Catapult (long)
Centrifugal Machine
Air Cannon Unviversal
Air Cannon Mellow Yellow
Catapult (short)
Catapult (long)

You've got to check this one out!!!

There are many Punkin' Chunkin' websites...
but there is only one
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Hayrides, Spooky beach trails, Haunted houses!!

For other cool stuff
(we're the guys presenting this page). !!!

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The World Championship Punkin' Chunkin' Recipe Cooking Contest

Contestants are required to provide their own tableware - whatever your recipe requires for preparation, and final presentation. All recipes MUST include pumpkin in the ingredients.
A copy of the ingredients must be pre-registered by October 14th. Please contact Freda (302-684-3993) or Hilly (302-684-3075) for pre-registration.
The contest entry fee is $10, however you will be required to pay the standard Punkin' Chunkin' admission fees of $5 for any additional person with out a cooking pass for parking.
We are celebrating our 7th year for this contest, so come, enjoy, and hopefully win "braggin' rights" for the best recipe!
Prizes for the contest are provided by:

The hungry Punkin' Chunkin' Recipe Judges are just waiting for your good cooking so time's a wastin', fire up that old oven and get crackin'!
Aunt Freda

Pumpkin Chunking or Punkin' Chunkin' !
One....two.... three...FOUR --- HOLD your hat and let it ROAR!!! I'm not to sure what the customary call to fire... launch, a pumpkin nearly three quarters of a mile is....
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but one thing is for sure...Punkin' Chunkin' is an event that is not equalled anywhere else in the world. Huge John Deere tractor engines are geared up to twirlly-bird type riggings almost thirty feet tall. Cannons mounted atop what looks like revamped "Desert Storm" vehicles shoot pumpkins, sometimes three and four at a time in demonstration ceremonies. Brightly painted launch tubes structured with what may be discarded parts of the Bay Bridge, backhoes, telephone poles, and generic implements of destruction, are on the firing line.

Tens of thousands of people will make it to this year's charity event on Saturday and Sunday (Nov. 6th and 7th). Young and old will meet and greet.

photo Bob Savage
The Punkin' Chunkin celebration marks the Fall season with a down home country splendor that is not compared. For years I have described this event as one big Jerry Garcia field party, gone 90's. Dogs, cats, pet pigs, children, grandmas, grandpas, hippies, bikers, spies from third world countries, policewoman and men, shorthairs and longhairs, suits and ties.... will all mingle amongst themselves and share the spirit of America that Punkin' Chunkin' will bring to the easternshore of Delaware.

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>The dates of the Punkin Chunkin are November 3rd, 4th, 5th (Friday afternoon, Saturday, Sunday)

>I heard there is a contest on Friday?
Yes, on Friday, this year there is a target shoot for a charity organization.
This will be from 1:30 to 3:30.

>  What time does it start on Saturday?
Gates open around 8am.

>  When should we arrive?
Thats a big variable, depending upon the attention span of
your entourage, the weather.... usually around noon is when
the chunkers get going, and I would imagine that towards
dusk will be the final shots of the cannons.

>How do I get there?
Directions to the 2000 World Championship Punkin' 
Chunkin' Event: from Harbeson Light (CR 9 & CR 5)
Crossroads take Rt 5 South to Hollyville Road(CR48),
 go West to CR 305 go srtaight ahead to 
CR 306 and you're there! (LOOK FOR SIGNS) Maps Click Here
From Highway 1 take County Road 24 West to
 LongNeck (CR 24 & CR 5) crossroads, Go North on 
CR 5 to Hollyville Road, go west to CR 305 straight
ahead to CR 306 and you're there!
 (LOOK FOR SIGNS). Maps Click Here

>  Is there an admission fee?
Yes... something around $5, I'm not sure if there is a
reduced rate for kids. Parking is $1.

>Should we bring chairs or blankets to sit on?
Some people do, most people stand up front along a fense. 
Most walk around, meeting other people , seeing friends. 
People go between the launch zone, and the impact zone which
can be as far as a mile down field for the cannons.
Some people arrive in make shift school buses and dump
trucks with viewing platforms on top.

> Will food vendors be available?
Yes.  Many people arrive with their own food, everything
from champagne and caviar to elaborate tailgate cookouts.

>And,  is there a scheduled list of events (when do the bands begin on
Saturday evening)?
At dusk is when there is to be a "battle of the bands"
event.  A number of bands competing for prize money.
The event has changed sponsorship from the last few years,
and will be going through a new evolution.  There has been
helicopter and carnival rides... each year is a little

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A brief history below from an article in 1994

Author: Carlisle Landel

Well, here it is, the promised report on the 1994 World Championship Punkin Chunkin. First, some background.

It seems that about 9 years ago, a bunch of guys in lower (slower) Delaware decided to see who could build a machine who could throw a 10 lb pumpkin farthest. The event quickly outgrew its humble beginnings as the contestants got better and better at this task, and eventually its organization and production was taken over by the Lewes Chamber of Commerce and moved to an abandoned airfield. It now draws in excess of 10,000 observers and contestants to a day- long event featuring multiple classes of pumpkin throwing. But

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THE RULES more Pumpkins weight 8 to 10 pounds. Machine cannot cross start line Pumkins leave machine intact Explosives not permitted
the big event of the day is still the Unlimited Class, where anything short of explosives can be used to throw a pumpkin. (The other two rules are that the pumpkin must be launched intact, and that no part of the machine may cross the finish line. I imagine this is to prevent the attachment of booster rockets, wings, or an engine to the gourd.) The contestants apparently do this for pride and bragging rights, and the amount of trash-talking in the week leading up to the 94 Chunkin rivaled that of anything the NFL or NBA produces.

Last year [1993] saw an end to the three-year domination by centrifugal machines, when a pneumatic slingshot launched a pumpkin 1,024 feet, beating the closest competitor by over 200 feet. The centrifugal boys were aiming for revenge, vowing to build bigger and faster machines. Everyone was predicting winning throws in the quarter-mile range. Meanwhile, the guy who had retired from the event after winning the first three years because "it was just to damn easy to beat all them other guys," came out of retirement to show everybody he could "still whip their butts," entering his newest creation, a pneumatic cannon with a 22 foot barrel that he could crank up to "2500, mehbbe 3,000 psi."

The day dawned bright and unseasonably warm, and Kathy, Matt and Carol (a friend from work) were to meet at my house for a 9 am rendezvous. Carol arrived promptly at 9; Matt and Kathy about a half-hour later (Kathy having figured out long ago the conversion from EST to LST-Landel Standard Time). The Chunkin started at 10, but we figured that they wouldn't get around to the unlimited class until the afternoon. After some discussion about plans and logistics associated with what we were going to do for the rest of day in the context of having to meet Grace in DC the next morning between 8 and 9, and some breakfast, and a perusal of the morning's news, we loaded up my *new* car with beach chairs, kayak, wave ski, various flying toys, wet suits and munchies and headed south. At 11:30. Right on time....

YEAR Device/Owner Distance
1993 Up to ten years old 128 ft
Todate Delcastle Tech High School 759 ft
1986 Bill Thompson & Trey Melson 50 ft
1987 Bill Thompson & Trey Melson 50 ft
1988 In the woods, not measurable
Todate Gene's Machine 576 ft
1989 Bill Thompson & Trey Melson 612 ft
1990 Ultimate Warrior 774 ft
1991 Ultimate Warrior 776 ft
1992 De-Terminator 852 ft
1993 De-Terminator 852 ft
1994 Universal Soldier 2508 ft
1995 Mello Yello 2655 ft
1996 Aludium Q36 Pumpkin Modulator 2710 ft

We rolled up to the event site at about 1. There were thousands and thousands (the newspaper later estimated a crowd of over 10,000) of folks on this long field. The state cops were directing traffic, flags were flying, vendors were selling food and drink, helicopter and plane rides were being offered (it turned out that the "abandoned air field" was really an abandoned runway at a private air park), and a group of unlikely looking contraptions were clustered down at one end of the site, in front of a huge, roped-off area. We got there just as the unlimited class got started--as we were walking in, still about 1000 feet from the machines, a pumpkin came crashing down into the target area next to us. Basically, the thing turned into a spray when it hit, leaving a significant crater. Cheers erupted from the multitude.

The machines were quite impressive looking. There were three centrifugal machines, Bad to the Bone, De-Terminator and Ultimate Warrior, which essentially were frames supporting 15-30 foot rotating arms with buckets at the end. Last years winner, Under Pressure", was a big steel frame like a crane arm with a Y at the end and a complicated series of cables, all painted pumpkin orange--I never did get close enough to figure out how it worked. The Polytechnic Institute of Gravitational Science had a 150 foot crane with a wrecking ball attached--obviously this was some sort of a gravity-powered slingshot. "Loaded Boing" resembled a traditional slingshot with a bad hyperthyroid problem: it looked like a pair of bridge pilings (or very obese telephone poles, maybe 2 or 3x normal diameter) had been sunk into the ground and guy-wired, and 3 or 4 pieces of what looked like latex surgical tubing except that it must have been about a foot in diameter attached to some sort of pumpkin holder were slung between the poles; the whole thing was drawn back by a power winch. Then there was the New Bethel Church Marching Band Tabernacle Choir Motorcycle Club Pumpkin Throwing Team of Reston Virginia, who were there mostly for a good time and armed with a flexible fiberglass pole that was to act as a catapult, mounted on the roof of a bus. And finally, there was "Universal Soldier", the pneumatic cannon, which was mounted on a vehicle that consisted of an old station wagon body on a 3/4 ton truck chassis; the whole thing was painted in cammo and the barrel, all 22 feet, was elevated to a 45 degree angle.
Air Cannons
Feet Owner of Device
2,710 Aludium Q36 Pumpkin Modulator
2,629 Mellow Yellow
2,269 Old Glory
Feet Owner of Device
1,675 Bad to the Bone
1,252 Determinator
830 Ultimate Warrior
Feet Owner of Device
493 Loaded Boing
Feet Owner of Device
759 Delcastle Tech
172 Sussex Tech
162 Ceasar Rodney

The centrifugal machines were impressive to watch. "Bad to the Bone" seemed to be powered, we think, by a diesel-electric motor. A huge frame shaped like a swingset frame was mounted on a flatbed, and the motors were on the top. They would crank up loudspeakers with George Thoroughgood's "Bad to the Bone" at high decibels, fire up a diesel engine, and the arm, painted bright orange, would start spinning faster and faster. At something between 1 and 2 revs per second, a trap door at the bottom of the bucket at the end of the arm sprung open, and the pumpkin would fly in this amazing arc and splat around 1200 feet down-range. "Ultimate Warrior" seemed to have some kind of monster engine mounted on top and connected to the shaft, and it too would spin up to incredible speeds before launch. I'm not sure what powered the "De-Terminator". Then the PIGS fired up. The crowd was warned to pay close attention, since this machine had never before fired a pumpkin. And in the launch area, people were asked to stay out from underneath the crane. Suddenly, the wrecking ball began to drop, and cable running over the top of the crane began to pay out very fast, and then pieces of pumpkin came flying over the top of the crane. The NBCMBTCMCPT Team went next. They all crowded around their shaft, bodily bending it down. With a loud cheer they let it go, and the pumpkin payload flew up and out about 20 feet. Backwards. "Under Pressure" went next--like I said, I'm not sure how i worked--but suddenly pieces of pumpkin came flying through the Y. Another pumpkin pie throw. Then it was "Loaded Boing's" turn. The winch began to pull back the slingshot, and ever so slowly it stretched more and more. Then the sling came flying forward, and . . . nothing came out. At first. The payload jumped back and forth between the posts about 3 times until suddenly the pumpkin was released. Also backwards, setting a new reverse throw world record of maybe 50 feet. And then it was time for the "Universal Soldier" to take a turn. The crowd was warned to watch very closely. Suddenly there was a sound like the cork popping from the universe's largest champagne bottle, as a cloud of vapor shot out of the barrel. But nobody saw any pumpkins flying through the air. People in the crowd looked at each other, puzzled. One of the spotters, standing maybe 1200 feet downrange, was wandering around in a confused manner. Suddenly, his companion jumped into his pickup and went bouncing downrange at high speed. And then, over the loudspeakers came the announcement that pieces of pumpkin had been found in the bottom of a crater about 2000 feet away!

At this point, we were more than a little skeptical. We couldn't imagine how the pumpkin hadn't been turned into microscopic spray, and figured that somebody had simply dropped a pumpkin down by the road. Put we were proven wrong.

The second round was pretty much a repeat of the first, except that the Motorcycle Club Etc. launched an orange helium balloon instead of a pumpkin, to fire correctly this time; however, they were set up to fire at about a 15 degree angle instead of the necessary 45, and so the crowd was treated to the spectacle of a pumpkin travelling very fast and nearly horizontally, and in fact it must have shot around 300 feet at least. And when it came time for the "Soldier" to fire, I (and probably the rest of the crowd) resolved to watch *very* closely. This time they stopped traffic on the highway beyond the end of the field--clearly they were being serious about this world record stuff. They were also waiting for a break in the helo traffic, as the copters were landing through what had suddenly turned out to be the flight path of high-speed gourds, a collision with which would almost certainly be disastrous. Then, with a loud *FOOP* and a cloud of vapor, they fired, and suddenly, *WAY* up in the sky, over the spot where the best of the other machines were landing their pumpkins, I spotted a small orange dot, and *IT WAS STILL GOING UP!!!*. At an impossible speed, too! And then for a microsecond I lost my concentration, and it disappeared from view. Word came back that it had indeed landed on the highway (flying over where my car was parked--YIKES!), but they were having trouble figuring out exactly how far the shot had gone, as there were buildings and trees and, for all I know, the curvature of the earth, between the launch and impact spots, all things guaranteed to make laser rangefinding problematic. But somehow they finally figured out that they had shot a pumpkin over 2500 feet!

After that, the third round promised to be anti-climactic, and we headed back to the car to dig out the flying toys and give them a try, seeing as we had all these open fields in which to test the various boomerangs etc that we owned. The centrifugal machines continued to lob around a quarter mile, the other machines still mis-fired, and the "Soldier" made one more token 2000 foot throw, but we were busy playing. And then, since it was nearly 80 degrees out, and you don't usually get such nice weather in November in these parts, we went on down to the beach for a much-needed surf session (That is to say, not only did we need to surf, but the beaches here need surf, too.), which is another story. But as we drove off, we couldn't help but be impressed by the fact that a bunch of guys were able to fire pumpkins over a quarter mile. It was a masterful combination of whimsy and technology, a tour de force that had transcended silly to arrive at awe-inspiring. And finally, we had to wonder whether the winner, who had indeed and most convincingly demonstrated that he could whip the butts of all comers, had rendered the competition pointless, or at least impractical. Unless, of course, that they can convince the Air Force to lend them Dover Air Force Base, with its huge runway, for next year's event site. Hmmm . . . .
America, apple pie.... and Punkin' Chunkin'. Visit Dr. Landel's website to see what becomes of a great enthusist...CLiCK HeRE !!!
As the losers say, "Wait till.. next year....."

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Fun Stories and Information from 1997

Universal Soldier takes back the "Crown" at 3718 feet

Air Cannon:
Universal Soldier - 3,718 Aludium Q36 - 3,541 Old Glory - 3,146
Bad to the Bone - 2,008 Ultimate Warrior - 1,568 De-Terminator - 1,188
Gene's Machine - 1,105
Human Powered:
Gene's Machine - 866 Onager - 581 Adam's Packer - 545
Youth Class 12-17yrs:
Spirit of the Cougar - 1,192 Blue Heron - 442
Youth Class 11 and under:
Young Glory - 630 Miscalculation - 135
Well, the 1997 Punkin' Chunkin' has come and gone, and to say the least... it finished with a BANG!! Nothing exploded except for a few pumpkins on impact, and a superb fireworks display just after a fantastic sunset on Sunday. With winds resembling a hurricane and torrential downpours on Saturday, and almost the same on Sunday, the creed of the 'Chunkinneer' neither "Rain, nor wind, nor gale shall blow, that will keep a 'Chunker' from his throw," held true. On both days, the storms left in the afternoon, and beautiful blue skys with puffy white fall clouds were pierced by orange gourds. Hope to see you next year....."Ya'll come back, ya'hear." <!==========********* end 1997 fun stories **********========>

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Specific Rules:
Unlimited Class:
Weight of the pumpkin:   between eight and ten pounds.
Pumpkin integrity:           must leave the machine intact.
Starting line:                  no machine shall cross.
Explosives:                    NOT PERMITTED

Human Powered:    Unlimited Rules will apply and -
Time limit of two minutes starting at the cocking of the machine until
"ready-to-fire."  Using only the energy of one human being.
The machine may consist of counter-weights, springs, or other devices
incorporated by the work (stored power) of the human in the two minute
time limit.

Youth Classes:
Previous official rules apply.
Machines shall be built the youth within their class.
Firing of the machine will be by the youth within their class
Class I:    Under ten years:
                 Pumpkin weight:         2 pounds.
Class II :  Eleven to seventeen years old:
                 Pumpkin weight:          4 pounds.


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