Looks like cannons! Source
After reading a comment on my last post, I couldn't stop thinking about the sport (?) of Pumpkin Tossing or Pumpkin Chunkin that is popular this time of year. Although I grew up in the Midwest, and we had a large garden, we never participated or even knew of this way back then. I suppose we hung with the wrong crowd. (smile)
People use things like catapults, pneumatic air cannons, trebuchets, or onegers to hurl a four pound pumpkin into the air or towards a target. Some are quite the festive occasion, others are just small gatherings with no fanfare - except from the fans.
At the annual events, the ones sponsored by businesses or at schools, the participants must register their team, follow the rules set by the organizers, and build their hurling machines to specifications. There are even websites where one can find a pattern! Who knew those existed? In some contests, it is a requirement that only certain types of pumpkin are used, so they will stay whole after landing. In those cases, smashed ones do not count. In others, smashing is quite alright. So, I reckon one can choose one's battles, right? What is your preference?
Jack-o-lanterns awaiting their "flight." Source
Those poor guys above are about to be sent sailing through the air in some contest unknown to this writer. I am thinking they are in one that permits smashing, 'cause they fellas are just not going to hold together under the toss!
Would it surprise you to learn that the World Record Pumpkin Chunkin was at Moab, Utah in 2010 with a toss from a pneumatic cannon named "Big 10 Inch" for a distance of 5,545.43 feet! Oh, my goodness! With firing power that great, I wondered if there have been any mishaps. I did find that there was one casualty...a duck who was in the line of fire of one of those pneumatic air cannons. RIP.
After the fun, I am wondering who cleans up? Do they turn the pigs loose, get a shovel crew going, or just leave the mess to compost over time? I am guessing the photo above was the result of a smashing good time. What do you think? Have you ever been Pumpkin Chunkin?