Chunking Your Punkin as Far as You Can in Bridgeville, Delaware
A quarter century ago, three Delaware men—Bill Thompson, John Ellsworth, and Trey Melson—were standing around in Thompson’s field, mulling over pumpkin tossing. As one would imagine, the conversation turned into boasting, which turned into a wager about who could throw his pumpkin furthest. Not content to simply heave-ho and lob the oversized fruit into a field, the three built machines. Trey’s catapult took the prize, flinging a pumpkin 126 feet. It was impressive, but a far cry from the current record of 4,483 feet, set by an air cannon in 2008. Since that first informal match, Punkin Chunkin has evolved into a competition of the highest order, drawing dozens of inventive teams with bad-ass equipment (air cannons, catapults, trebuchets, and centrifugals) from all over the world. The three-day event features pumpkin cook-offs and a beauty pageant, but the best feature is the on-site camping. Just park the RV, roll out the cooler, unfold the lounge chair, and kick back to watch the regular-Joe masterminds get medieval on some pumpkins.