2019 Pumpkin Chunkin Events and Festivals

2019 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 amd 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...)

Alabama

  • Pumpkin Blast at Tate Farms - November 2, 2019
    8414 A Moores Mill Road, Meridianville, AL 35759. Phone: 256-828-8288. Email: admin@pumpkinblast.com. Pumpkin Blast is an annual Pumpkin Launching Competition held each fall at Tate Farms.
    ​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 Tate Farms.

Alaska

Arkansas

California

  • California State University Fullerton Pumpkin Launch - Saturday, November 2, 2019 from 10 AM to 2 PM PDT
    800 N State College Blvd, Fullerton, CA. This is a Free Community Event. Registration is Required. Come launch your engineering dreams at our 12th 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.

San Joaquin County

  • World of Wonders Science Museum - Saturday, November 2, 2019 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 10am-3pm. 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 @wowscimuseum.

For many more in California, click here!

Colorado

Connecticut

Delaware

  • The Delaware event has moved to Illinois (see below)

Florida

Idaho

Illinois

  • World Championship Punkin Chunkin Association - the big event!
    Rantoul National Aviation Center Airport, 6 Aviation Center Dr, Rantoul, IL 61866. Open November 2, 2019 and November 3, 2019. 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

Indiana

Iowa

Kansas

Kentucky

Louisiana

Maine

Maryland

Massachusetts

Michigan

  • Wellington Farm Punkin-Chunkin - held on 2 weekends, October 12-13, 2019 and October 19-20, 2019
    6940 S. Military Road , Grayling, MI 49738. Phone: 989-348-5187. Email: welfar32@gmail.com. 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

Minnesota

Missouri

  • Pumpkin Chunkin Pallooza - Saturday, September 28th, 2019, 10:00am-5:00pm
    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 Magic Show.

Montana

Nebraska

Nevada

New Hampshire

  • Extreme Chunkin Festival -  October with two days of - Cancelled for 2019
    Pumpkin launching, a beer garden, live music, carnival rides. Trebuchets, catapults and air cannons launch pumpkins and other items through the air.

New Jersey

  • Pumpkin Sling - Friday, October 18, with a rain date of Friday, October 25.
    Picatinny Arsenal, 231 Brainards Road, Phillipsburg, NJ 08865. Phone: 908-283-0721. Email: info@pumpkinsling.com. 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,

New York

  • 1000 Islands Punkin Chunkin - Saturday, October 19, 2019
    517 Riverside Drive, Clayton NY 13624. Phone: (315) 686-3771. Email: info@1000islands-clayton.com. Rain or Shine! Fun For The Whole Family, Youth Chunkin - 11am | Adult Chunkin 1pm | BBQ 11am - Til Gone | BBQ Contest Tasting 2pm-3pm | Farmers’ Market 10am - 4pm.
  • 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.

North Carolina

  • Brasstown Punkin Chunkin - Saturday, October 19, 2019 from 10 am – 5 pm and Sunday, October 20, 2019 from 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm
    811 Settawig Road, Brasstown, NC. See their website for more info. 
  • The Schiele Museum of Natural History Pumpkin Chunkin' - November 3, 2019 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)

Ohio

Oklahoma

Oregon

Pennsylvania

  • Bald Eagle State Park - Saturday, October 12, 2019
    149 Main Park Road, Howard, PA 16841. Phone: 814-625-2775. Phone: 814-625-2761. Email: howardfire@gmail.com. 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, October 19, 2019
    4100 Middle Rd, Allison Park, PA 15101. Open The 4th year of  Punkin' Chunkin' is a free event from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.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 tosses.
  • 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.

 

Rhode Island

South Dakota

Tennessee

  • 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

Texas

Utah

Vermont

  • Annual Vermont Pumpkin Chuckin' Festival - Sunday, September 27, 2020 from 11am to 4pm
    Stoweflake Resort and Spa, 1746 Mountain Road, Stowe, Vermont. Phone: (603) 630-4800. Email: DJordan@gmavt.net.   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 12:30pm, 1:30pm and 2:30pm, 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. 

Virginia

  • Great Country Farms Pumpkin Chunkin' - November 2 and 3, 2019
    18780 Foggy Bottom Road, Bluemont, VA 20135. Phone: 540 554 2073. Email: social@greatcountryfarms.com. Open: Monday - Sunday, 9am to 6pm, May 21st - October 30th. Directions: Click here for a map and directions. We use integrated pest management practices. Payment: Cash, Check, Debit cards, Visa/MasterCard. 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 11am-3pm. Don’t miss our amazing Cider Donuts! Uses 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 / 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: sinklandfarms@gmail.com. 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’ Chunkin’. Click here for a link to the Sinkland FarmsFacebook page.. 

Washington

  • Burlington Pumpkin Pitch and Harvest Festival - the last Saturday in September 2020
    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.

West Virginia

Wisconsin

  • Great Pumpkin Chuckin Fest - from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 19th, 2019
    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.

 

Wyoming

  • Laramie Punkin’ Chunkin’ Fall Festival - September 28, 2019 from 10 am to 2 pm
    Albany County Fairgrounds, 2934-2994 S 3rd St., Laramie, WY. Phone: 561-729-2945. Email: laramiefostercloset@gmail.com. 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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