Tuesday, November 16, 2021

A Field of Punkin' Chunkin' Candidates

 

A fall festival with fun for the entire family – contests, prizes, games, live music, carnival and more!
All are welcome.
Each season in the Midwest has its celebrations and events where there are glorious reflections of community and its people. Traditions date back decades or even centuries where ancestors and their following generations can hold hands across years.

The Midwest, along with the rest of the world, has an event approaching in the first days of November: Pumpkin Chunkin'. I have to believe this event arose from leftover Halloween pumpkins to Medieval ages. Maybe or maybe not, Pumpkin Chunkin' has evolved from simple to complicated.

Here is an official statement from the WCPCA:

The World Championship Punkin Chunkin Association (WCPCA) is a trademark nonprofit that raises money for scholarships, as well as organizations that benefit youth and the local community. 

We host a signature pumpkin-launching event each year, fueling innovative engineering and science-based ideas that draw spectators from all over. 

We believe that Punkin Chunkin cultivates the odd, challenging, and competitive quest for distance that inspires creativity, ingenuity, teamwork, and passion. 

It is this very dedication that drives teams to compete using science and engineering skills and brings spectators to the gate which allows us  to continue our never ending thirst to support our scholarship and charitable programs.

YouTube, about 3 minutes long

There are several divisions from historically accurate to serious military grade.
The passion is the same, love for the event is palpable, and enthusiasm seeps through the attendees.

The above YouTube shows the divisions and constructions. The one below sticks to traditionally accurate 1,000 years ago trebuchet:

About 6 minutes long, skip ahead.

Despite all the mechanics that can overshadow the joy of finding a pumpkin in the field, we look at those faces and hear "Over there! That's the one I want!"

I do not know how many years we have scampered over the fields, chasing grandkids. Each time is like the first time.

28 comments:

  1. Amazing how something GROWS!!! But you are right there is nothing like a kid picking THE pumpkin!
    Good stuff
    Sherry & jack

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    1. Oh, yes! Our gr-daughters climbed on many, ran to others. Fun memories.

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  2. There was one Thanksgiving where that's what we watched. I forget what channel it was on, but it was the chunkin championships or something. For several years. Quite the spectacle.

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    1. People have fun. I wish there was one in our world.

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  3. We've caught it a couple times and just so funny watching those pumpkins fly and explode.

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    1. There is something about total pumpkin destruction makes me feel all warm inside.

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  4. The WCPCA event looks like a fun time.

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    1. They sure found ways to own the door for more donations.

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  5. Up to $200,000 for a machine to chuck a pumpkin??
    Are these edible pumpkins? Because that seems like waste to me, although I suppose it could be fun.

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    1. Those pumpkins are not "eating pumpkins". Those are too hard shelled and the flesh isn't good for people. But put them in a pasture, they will disappear.

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  6. Chunkin punkins is certainly more appealing than tossing cow pies which as you know is also a popular contest.

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    1. I did reasonably well on the cow pies, but I would pass on the pumpkins.

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  7. Its gratifying to see the end result.

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  8. What i love is how they've made it so official and use it for fundraising. It makes me grin to think of it.

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    1. Money can be made for all sorts of creations. Pumpkins are finally getting their due.

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  9. When the grands were little we always had a pumpkin carving and Halloween party. Now every Thanksgiving we have a pumpkin shoot out. Everyone brings their guns and shoot up all the fall pumpkins. I let the neighbors know so they don't think a war has broke out. Thankfully we live in the country. You're probably glad you're not my neighbor!

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    1. I lived on a farm, so my brothers would have joined you! Fun substitute.

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  10. I think this is a worthy cause and I am in awe of the science and engineering factors it brings to the table. Thanks for sharing this, Susan.

    LOVE seeing the child finding just the right pumpkin, too.

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    1. It brings back so many memories. One year when we didn't get a pumpkin right away, the only ones left were the monsters and the rotting little ones. Sad.

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  11. I can't see a trebuchet without thinking of Monty Python! I love festivals like this -- it sounds like such fun!

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  12. I think that the pleasure children derive from pumpkins far exceeds the joy we get from eating the pie!

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    1. I was always stuck with the pumpkin clean out, while my girls did the art work.
      I am trying a new pumpkin pie recipe. Tomorrow. Maybe.

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Go ahead...it won' t hurt...I'd love to hear what you think!