2023 Pumpkin Chunkin Events and Festivals
2023 Pumpkin Chunkin'!
This page provides a best available detailed list of pumpkin chunkin',
pumpkin catapult festivals, pumpkin chucking; whatever you want to call it, it's
airborne pumpkins, shot out of cannons, trebuchets, and catapults to get the
greatest distance and splat!
ALWAYS call before you go to confirm the info, they don't always report changes to me!
The dates provided give an approximate - but click on the link to the event's
website (or call) to find out this year's exact dates!
For pumpkin festivals, see this page and for
pumpkin weigh-offs, see this
page! You can find the largest pumpkin details here along with where the
pumpkin weigh-offs are held.
Also see your state's page for pumpkin patches, corn mazes and pumpkin festivals held by individual farms.
Check the dates next to the listing. Things can happen at the last minute, so it is
always a good idea to call to verify this year's date (I have a hard time
tracking these guys down, and they rarely provide any information online
BEFORE the events...)
Pumpkin Blast at Tate Farms
- in early November
8414 A Moores Mill Road, Meridianville, AL 35759. Phone:
[email protected]. Pumpkin Blast is an annual Pumpkin Launching Competition held each fall at
In the weeks leading up to the Blast, teams design and build devices to launch pumpkins
at our targets. On the day of competition, teams will try to outblast one another as they compete for
accuracy and distance. The main competition features divisions for adult, collegiate, and youth (ages
14-18) teams of 4 people with larger devices, while our "Short Range Division" is for teams of 2 people,
ages 12 & up using smaller devices. Go to www.PumpkinBlast.com for complete rules or to register your
team! This event is brought to you by Holy Family Regional School and
Discovery Cube Pumpkin Palooza - PUMPKIN PALOOZA FESTIVAL From October 1 to October 31, Only Thursday - Sunday
2500 N Main Street,
Santa Ana, CA 92705. Open: 2022 dates are: Thursday, October 6 through Sunday, October 9, Thursday, October 13 through Sunday, October 16,
Thursday, October 20 through Sunday, October 23, Thursday, October 27 through Monday, October 31; reserve a time slot online. TICKET INCLUDES:
Timed dance party at Pumpkin Palooza , Giant Pumpkin Octopus, Illuminated carved pumpkins and pumpkin sculptures, All NEW bumper car rides,
Inflatable corn and hay bale mazes, Pumpkin science demonstrations, pumpkin launching, and much more Registration is Required. Come launch your engineering
dreams at our Annual Pumpkin Launch. Join Discovery Cube and Cal State University, Fullerton at Cal
State Fullerton’s athletic field for a day of flight, engineering, and pumpkin-smashing hijinks. What is
Pumpkin Launch? Pumpkin Launch is a free-community event for students and families to participate in a
fun-filled STEM festival at a university campus. Contestants use the principles of STEM to build
trebuchet machines that send pumpkins high in the sky and towards targets that line the field. The team
with the highest score wins the Pumpkin Launch trophy! It isn’t all about cheering on the stem-topped soarers, though. The FREE Event provides hands-on activities for students and families to design and
build their own launching devices, test their machines and enjoy some mini competition. Plus,
enjoy some of OC’s best food trucks, have a bite and keep your energy up.
- Cal Poly Pumpkin Launching - Appears to be discontinued after 2020
San Joaquin County
- World of
Wonders Science Museum - Saturday, in early November from 10 am to 3 pm
2 N. Sacramento
St. Lodi, CA 95240. Phone: 209-368-0969. General admission
into the museum: $7 Adults $6 Seniors $5 Children & Military
W/ID $1 Donation to launch your pumpkin. Turn your pumpkins into
projectiles at the World of Wonders Science Museum on Saturday,
November 4th, from 10 am to 3 pm. Everyone is guaranteed to have a
blast as the WOW invites you to bring your pumpkins and
jack-o'-lanterns to the museum and watch them fly! Don't toss
out those post-Halloween pumpkins or let them waste away on your
porch. With the power of simple machine science like levers,
wheels & axles, and pulleys, visitors can load them into the
various WOW trebuchets and launch them down Sacramento Street!
It's only $1 to launch, and extra pumpkins will be available for
purchase. *General Admission to the Museum is Separate
[$5-kids/military, $6 seniors/students, $7-adults] ABOUT THE WOW
Located in historic downtown Lodi, California, the mission of
the World of Wonders Science Museum is to offer hands-on,
science-based exhibits and programs to stimulate discovery for
all ages. For more information, visit www.wowsciencemuseum.org
and follow the WOW on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter
For many more in California, click
- The Delaware event has moved to Illinois (see below)
- World Championship Punkin Chunkin Association -
the big event!
Rantoul National Aviation Center Airport, 6 Aviation Center Dr, Rantoul, IL 61866.
Open last held here on November 2, 2019 and November 3, 2019. IT HAS MOVED TO OKLAHOMA FOR 2023.
It looks like they're back. Few details, please see
their website! 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
Andy's Agway - Pumpkin chunkin catapaults, restrooms, concession stand (drinks, snacks and/or food)
13 Cole Farm Rd, Dayton, ME 04005.
Phone: (207) 282-2998. Email:
[email protected]. Open: The annual event is from 1 pm to 3p EST, on the Sunday following Halloween; This year November 7th.. Directions:
See their website for directions. Click here for a map and
directions. Payment: Cash, Free, no payments needed, Free, no payments needed, unless you buy from concessions/vendors . Admission is by donation
of cash or non-perishable food to the local food pantries or animal shelter.
Click here for our Facebook page. Every year, on the first Sunday in November, we shoot pumpkins with the catapult and an air cannon from the
field near the store. This is a charity event, and we collect donations of non-perishable food items and pet food to support local pantries. It is a
big attraction for our customers and many people come to watch.. (ADDED: October 21, 2021, Suggested by a visitor)
A visitor writes on October
21, 2021: "The event is spectacular. Kids get to pull the ripcord on a trebuchet, catapult, or cannon while the pumpkins last! These guys are
- Wellington Farm Punkin-Chunkin
- held on 2 weekends in mid October
6940 S. Military Road , Grayling, MI
49738. Phone: 989-348-5187. Email:
[email protected]. Pumpkins are stacked in front of the Visitor
Center, cider and donuts are available for consumption and pumpkins are flying at Wellington Farm USA.
In addition to the festivities this season will be “Pumpkin Bowling”. See if you can get a strike or a
spare with a pumpkin. During Punkin-Chunkin the entire 60-acre living history complex will be open and
available for viewing. Crafters will be throughout Crafters Alley working in their shops. Historical
interpreters will be available in all the historic buildings explaining life as t was lived during the
Great Depression. There is no additional charge for Punkin-Chunkin, it’s included in the regular park
admission charge. A great opportunity for an educational historic adventure for the entire family.
The will use Big Bertha, a giant trebuchet with a 1200 pound counterweight launching pumpkins. The giant
catapults will throw pumpkins into oblivion. Sling shots and air cannons provide visitors an opportunity
to shoot a pumpkin in flight and win a prize. The cider mill is in operation and fresh cider
Pumpkin Chunkin Pallooza
- Saturday in late September 10 am to 5 pm
Ozarks Amphitheater, Camdenton, MO. Organized and presented by the Laurie-Sunrise Beach Rotary Club and its members, the event is aimed at showcasing
the Rotary working together to better serve the lake areas charities, clubs and non-profit organizations. Event
Activities incliude: Pumkin’ Pie Eating Contest, Food and Beverages, Local Artisans, Trebuchet Demonstrations, Family
Events, Face Painting, Petting Zoo, Bounce Houses, Corn Crib Pit, On-site Pumpkin Decorating, Pirate and
- Punkin Chunkin' Goes Medieval - mid-October
Veteran's Park, Ely, NV. Email:
Open: On October 14, 2023, armored knights, medieval blacksmiths, Shakespearian drama and siege engines will join all your regular favorites in
Veteran's (Courthouse) Park in downtown Ely, For over 10 years the Ely Lions have brought this fall festival, featuring a pumpkin patch,
carnival games, bounce houses, food trucks and a pumpkin throwing contest to downtown Ely at the courthouse / Veteran's Park in Eastern Nevada.
Now for the 10th event Punkin Chunkin' Goes Medieval! Open: Nevada. Link to the
2023 Faceboook events page
(ADDED: August 17, 2023)
- Extreme Chunkin Festival
- October with two days
launching, a beer garden, live music, carnival rides. Trebuchets, catapults and air cannons launch
pumpkins and other items through the air.
- Pumpkin Sling - Friday,
mid-October , with
a rain date of Friday, a week later.
Picatinny Arsenal, 231 Brainards Road, Phillipsburg, NJ 08865.
Phone: 908-283-0721. Email: [email protected]. A competition between participating
school teams that build a human powered catapult or trebuchet, designed to propel a 2-5 lb. pumpkin. The
2019 Pumpkin Sling will be held at Picatinny Arsenal,
- 1000 Islands Punkin Chunkin
- Saturday, mid-October
517 Riverside Drive, Clayton NY 13624. Phone: (315) 686-3771. Email:
[email protected]. Rain or Shine! Fun For
The Whole Family, Youth Chunkin - 11 am | Adult Chunkin 1 pm | BBQ 11 am - Til Gone | BBQ Contest Tasting
2 pm to 3 pm | Farmers’ Market 10 am to 4 pm.
- Boy Scout Troop 59 - Pumpkin Fest - pumpkin patch- already
gathered from the field, Fall festival, straw or hay bale maze, snacks
and refreshment stand
2403 Route 21 North, Canandaigua, NY 14432.
Phone: (585) 330-9237. Open: Pumpkins are available 24 hours a day 7
days a week via the honor system, but special events on Saturday's
October 16th and 23rd from 9 am to 4 pm; PUMPKIN FEST will have
Pumpkins for sale, Yard Sale, Food Booth along with free activities:
PUMPKIN CHUNKIN - a trebuchet (medeviel catapult), Hay Maze and
Marshmallow Shotting Range. Directions: Located in Chapin on Route 21
between Canandaigua and Shortsville near the 488 intersection.
Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, only.
Clay County Chili and Anything Pumpkin Cook-off Festival with Brasstown Punkin Chunkin
- Cookoff on October 20, 2023 Festival on October 21 and 22, 2023 - Saturday, mid-October from 10 am to 5 pm and Sunday from 12 pm to 5 pm; nd Chili Cook-off
811 Settawig Road, Brasstown, NC. Phone: 828-389-3704.. If you have never seen a pumpkin fly, Punkin Chunkin is your chance. Catapults, air cannons, trebuchets and
other powerful machines toss pumpkins up to several thousand feet in a battle between world champion pumpkin chunkers and the home teams.
Thousands of people come every year to see this hugely popular festival in western North Carolina near Hayesville that is sponsored by the Clay
County Chamber of Commerce.
In addition to the pumpkin throwing, there will be pumpkin pie-eating contests, live entertainment, food and
craft vendors and a flight simulator. Tractors, airplane rides and a zipline, will join carnival rides and a climbing wall. Adults may enjoy a
seat in the beer and wine tent while watching the Punkin Chunkin. The Kidzone is always a popular place with lots of kids’ activities. An
area for interactive children’s activities has been added and the children get to take home what they have made. No pets or firearms allowed.
Bring your lawn chair. The festival runs from 10-5 on Saturday and Sunday. Parking is $5, admission is $5, children under 5 are free. On both
days, the machines are scheduled to launch pumpkins from 1-4. The machines will take practice throws before then and you can take a close up
look at the machines.
Click here to watch a short video from prior year’s Clay County NC Pumkin Chunkin festival
- The Schiele Museum of Natural History Pumpkin Chunkin'
- usually one Saturday in early November from 01:30 PM until 03:30 PM
The Schiele Museum of Natural History, 1500 E.
Garrison Blvd., Gastonia, NC. Bring your old pumpkins for a smashing good time! Choose from a
variety of creative options to smash your pumpkin. Extra pumpkins will be available for purchase.
Cost $2 in addition to museum admission ($6-$7, children 3 and younger free)
- Punkin Chunkin Championship - pumpkin-launching on October 28, 2023 starting at 10 am
John’s Tractor Works, 444934 East Highway 60, Vinita, OK 74301, Phone: (918) 256-5774.
Directions: just off Route 66 three miles east of Vinita . Note it moved from Delaware after the 2022 event., The event is sponsored by the
Vinita Rotary Club and MidAmerica Outdoors. There will be pumpkin chunkin competitions, food, shopping, and costume contest and will include
arts & crafts, pumpkin bowling, decorating pumpkins, archery and more.
The Covid lockdowns put it on hold for several years
The last championship was
held in 2019 in Illinois
Legal troubles from serious event injuries caused the move from Delaware
After that , Punkin Chunkin was not
held in 2014 or 2015, was in 2016 and then not held in 2017 and 2018. , j
Bald Eagle State Park - Saturday,
mid-October; held rain or shine from 10 am to 5 pm at Bald Eagle State Park
149 Main Park Road, Howard, PA 16841. Phone: 814-625-2775.
Phone: 814-625-2761. Email: [email protected].
The Punkin’ Chunkin’ Fall Festival GPS address: 149 Main Park Road, Howard, Pa. 16841. Nearly 100
Local Craft Vendors, Local Food Vendors, Hayrides, Smaller Trebuchets for the Public to Shoot, Children’s Games and Activities. Emergency
Vehicles, Pumpkin Pie Eating Contest and a Farmer’s Market. However the best part about the festival is that it is absolutely FREE to attend!
There are absolutely no parking or admissions costs to come to the festival. Event organizers say volunteers are always needed and
welcomed to help continue this community event. To volunteer at the festival, contact the Howard Fire Company through its website or by emailing
[email protected]. Punkin' Chunkin' Festival, founded in 2011, provides a fun atmosphere for local communities to enjoy a variety of
events, food, shopping and, of course, punkin chunkin. The chunkin' machines draw "ooos" and "ahhs" as pumpkins fly out
over Sayers Lake at Bald Eagle State Park. The event is a fundraiser for the
Howard Fire Company and happens annually in
October. It is advised to get to the event early because of the popularity of the event. Also includes:
Live bands, Food and craft vendors, Hayrides, Pie Eating Contest, Fire Apparatus Display, Activities with the
Park Naturalist, Chunkin machines hurling punkins at floating targets in the lake. However the best part about the
festival is that it is absolutely FREE to attend! There are absolutely no parking or admissions costs to
come to the festival. Any money donated during the festival will go towards supporting the Howard Fire
Company #14 and future Punkin' Chunkin' Fall Festivals. (UPDATED: October 10, 2019, JBS)
- Hartwood Acres - pumpkin chunkin
on Saturday, mid- October
Middle Rd, Allison Park, PA 15101. Open The 4th year of
Punkin' Chunkin' is a free event from 11 am to 2 pm. Directions: located in Hampton and Indiana
townships. Pumpkins will be catapulted over the amphitheater
field to see how far they go. Join Allegheny County Parks and SHARP Robotics from the Sarah Heinz House
as we launch pumpkins across the amphitheater field. Enjoy crafts, games, activities, and family fun.
Food and beverages will be available for purchase from BRGR - Pittsburgh, Le's Oriental, and Hop Farm
Brewing Company. There was a catapult as well as an
8- to 10-foot trebuchet. Last year, they had a few 100-yard
- Harvest Homecoming Annual Pumpkin Chunkin’ - ???
Indiana, PA. Teams compete in middle school, high school
and adult categories. Each team builds their own launcher. The Pumpkin Chunkin’ event has been going on
for five years.
- Punkin Chunkin - no longer being held
Lewes, TN. Frank Payton,
president of the World Championship Punkin Chunkin Association,
read from a prepared statement at the new Lewes Public Library
on Feb. 11, 2017 in which he emphasized the three-decade
tradition that the event has built in the area and the
importance of the annual event to the community. The event will
return to the Wheatley farm in 2017 in the first weekend of
November. It looks like that did not happen see the story here.
Punkin Chunkin to return in 2017 despite past incidents
Pumpkin Chunkin Festival
- Saturday, mid-October from 11 am to 4 pm.
Shepherd of the Heart United Methodist Church, 12005
County 12005 CR 59, Pearland, TX 77584. Phone: 713-436-5080.
[email protected]. Open:
Pumpkin Patch: October 6th - 31st on Monday to Saturday 10 am to 6 pm; Sunday 12 am to 6 pm; Pumpkin Chunkin Festival:
Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, only.
pumpkin patch- already gathered from the field, Fall festival,
- Annual Vermont
Pumpkin Chuckin' Festival - Sunday, late September, last year was September 27, 2020 from
11 am to 4pm
Stoweflake Resort and Spa, 1746 Mountain Road, Stowe,
Vermont. Phone: (603) 630-4800. Email:
[email protected]. Pumpkin chuckin' trebuchet. The VTPC
Festival is a fun, family event sponsored by the Stoweflake Resort and Spa
and other local sponsors. The goal is to give kids and adults a fun chance
to build something with their hands and compete. Three rounds of competitive
pumpkin chuckin' at 12:30 pm, 1:30 pm and 2:30 pm, with awards shortly after
the last round. Dogs and outside food or beverage are not allowed at the
event. Admission to the Festival will cost $5 for ages 5 and over, free for
4 and under. Parking is free. Food, beer and wine will be available for sale
by the Stoweflake. The Festival is a one-day event where Do-It-Yourself
mechanical wizards of all ages attempt to launch pumpkins as far as possible
with trebuchets, which are medieval siege engines. The event has grown in
size every year. The Science Channel's broadcast of the World Championship
Punkin Chunkin on Thanksgiving Day has helped fuel the growth of the sport
of pumpkin chucking. Last year eighteen teams from New York and around New
England competed at the VTPC Festival. Along with the pumpkin chuckin'
contest comes music, children's activities, a bounce house, chili cook-off,
mini-olympics, and great food; all creating an enjoyable fall day with
proceeds benefiting the Lamoille Family Center.
- Great Country Farms
Pumpkin Chunkin' - first weekend in November
Bottom Road, Bluemont, VA 20135. Phone: 540 554 2073. Email:
[email protected]. Open: Monday to Sunday, 9 am to 6 pm, May 21st -
October 30th. Directions:
Click here for a map and directions. We use integrated pest
management practices. Payment: Cash, Check, Debit cards,
Click here for our Facebook page.
Bring your leftover jack-o-lantern to our smashin’ session and let it fly! The Silo Drop and the Zip Wire
Sploosh let you do the smashin’ yourself or bring your pumpkin the Pumpkin Drop Zone and add it to our
upside down “fireworks display” as the pumpkins are dropped from a 40ft lift. You will be sure to love
giving your pumpkin one final ride. What happens to all those smashed pumpkins?… the pigs and cows love to
eat them and we compost the rest. The Roosteraunt Concession stand is open 11 am to 3 pm. Don’t miss our amazing
integrated pest management practices, pumpkins,
Pick-your-own apples, pumpkins for sale in the shop or farmstand,
pumpkin patch-pick in the field, pumpkin patch- already gathered
from the field, Fall festival, cow train / barrel train rides, corn
maze, pig races, we also have pie pumpkins, tractor-pulled hay
rides, Honey from hives on the farm, Fresh eggs, concessions or refreshment stand, porta-potties, restrooms, picnic area, picnic
area (bring your own food), jumping pillow, pedal kart track, mining
for gems, mini-golf, farm animals, birthday parties, weddings and
wedding parties, school tours, group reservations(UPDATED: October 10, 2019, JBS)
- Sinkland Farms -
It looks like they have discontinued the Punkin' Chunkin', but they still have Hay Rides, Corn Maze,
Live Music, Many Kids Attractions, and Lots of Entertainment, pumpkin patch,
hayrides, farm animals, playgground, slides,
3020 Riner Rd,
Christiansburg, VA 24073. Phone: (540) 382-4647. Email:
Open: 5 weekends from the end of September through October; The
pumpkin chunk is on ONE Saturday in October, in 2017, it was on
October 7, 2017, from 10 AM to 5 PM. There will be Music,
Food, Drink Specials, Miscellaneous, Family Friendly, Arts &
Theatre. 3 Stages, 10 Days, 24 Shows from 1:30 to 4:30 every
Sat. and Sun. Music. Hay Rides to the Pumpkin Patch. 3 Giant
Slides and a NEW Kid’s Zone! Corn Maze and Farm Animals. Wine
Tastings from a different Virginia winery each weekend. Beer
Tastings from Sinkland Farms own beer. Ride-A-Rescue Horse for
$10 a trail ride. Kettle Corn, Ice Cream, and Great Food.
HokieTRON, Pony Rides, and Face Painting. Blacksmith, Chainsaw,
and Corn Shelling Demos. Ed’s Carved Pumpkin Demo and Lasso
Demos. Marya Katz, Kid’s Entertainer, and Children’s Activities.
Roving Local Musicians, Cheerleaders and Dance Squads. Pumpkins,
Gourds & Fall Décor. All pumpkins will be priced $10 and under.
Arts, Crafts, Artist in Residence and MORE. *Dogs welcome on a
leash. Cost (in 2017) was Adult: $10.00, Children Ages 2-12:
$8.00, Children Under 2: Free. All Day: Punkin’
Click here for a link to
the Sinkland FarmsFacebook page..
- Burlington Pumpkin Pitch
and Harvest Festival - the last Saturday in September
Skagit River Park Sports Complex
Playfields, 1100 S Skagit St, Burlington, WA. Phone: 360-755-9649. Email:
Click here for their email form. Medieval-looking machines hurling pumpkins through the air,
zucchini car races, pumpkin painting, climbing wall and pony rides just to name a few… and it's all
free. That's right, free family fun for all ages at the annual Burlington Pumpkin Pitch & Harvest
Festival. Every last Saturday in September, the City of Burlington and their Parks & Recreation
department creates a community event to remember. Touch base with the Pumpkin Pitch Facebook event
page for updates on the trebuchets, the teams and all the festivities. The Pumpkin Pitch began in 2002
as a way to bring the community together and to celebrate fall in a most unique way. Burlington is a
spectacular place to bring your family for fun. You'll find something for everyone at this event. See
you at Skagit River Park in Burlington in September. Free Kids Zone ALL DAY. Food Vendors ALL DAY.
Free wagon rides to and from parking lot. No admission, activity or parking fees.Pumpkin Pitch, Zucchini
Races, Free Kids Activities, Food Vendors, Wagon Rides, Inflatables, Pony Rides, Pumpkin Painting.
Entry, parking, all activities are FREE.
- Great Pumpkin Chuckin Fest
- from 10 am to 6 pm on Saturday, mid-October
Racine County Fairgrounds, 19805 Durand Ave, Union
Grove, WI 53182. Phone: 262-878-4606. Free Admission and Parking! Don’t miss out on this smashing fun
time! Returning this year is The Best of the Midwest BBQ Cook Off. Over 50 teams will compete for $7,000
in prize money and the title of “The Best of the Midwest”. There will be Costume contests for Kids and
Adults. Prizes will be awarded! This event will feature Pumpkin Chuckin Competitions, where teams will
catapult pumpkins as far as the eye can see! Raymond Middle School holds the record for the Junior
Division with 229 ft., Waterford High School holds the record for the Intermediate Division with 317
ft., and Trinity Lutheran holds the record for the Advanced Division with 476 ft. More Exciting Events
Taking Place at the Great Pumpkin Chuckin Fest, Multiple Stage Performances by the Pirates, Magicians,
Food, Vendors, Seasonal Beers, Free Kids Games and Activities, Carnival and Hay Rides, and so much more!
Fun for all ages.
- Laramie Punkin’ Chunkin’ Fall Festival -
late September from 10 am to 2 pm
Albany County Fairgrounds, 2934-2994 S
3rd St., Laramie, WY. Phone: 561-729-2945. Email:
[email protected]. COST:$5.00. \CONTACT: Laramie Foster Closet. We have baking contests,
crafts, costume contests, indoor and outdoor games for kids at a Fall Festival, a petting zoo, Punkin’
Chunkin’ team competition, chunker junker, bake sale, food trucks, and a one stop fall shop of 50+
Vendors each year.
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