Wednesday, October 15, 2008

At Least We Don't Do Punkin Chunkin in Brooklyn

We don't grow pumpkins in Brooklyn, but this time of year they're piled everywhere. Aliens would think these are our main food source.

Of course you can eat them, but most of us will just carve them into grotesque shapes meant to represent demons and use them as bizarre decorative objects.

Of course it's wasteful, but at least we don't go in for punkin chunkin in Brooklyn.

Punkin chuckin is a competition where teams use mechanical devices designed to throw a pumpkin as far as possible. (Note: The pumpkin must remain whole after leaving the device.)

The World Championship Punkin Chunkin takes place in Delaware in 15 days. The Charlie Daniels Band and Randy Owens will be there, and you can rent a campsite!

Last year, Wolfman Joe Thomas' winning shot went more than 3,000 feet. The event drew more than 20,000 people and grossed more than $100,000. There's a book, a movie, a Little Miss, Junior Miss and Miss Punkin Chunkin. There's a Punkin Chunkin Anthem. This year's sponsor is Kaiser Compressors ("Built For a Lifetime"). The Polaris Ranger is "The Official ATV of the World Championship Punkin Chunkin."

Want to bring your pet to the chunk? "Bad idea," says the official website.

Photo of pumpkins at Peas and Pickles by MK Metz
Alternate spelling: Pumpkin Chucking

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