The World Championship Punkin Chunkin contest for 2007 is history! On Nov. 2, 3 and 4 the CHUNKIN contestants and the enthusiastic crowds to view it arrived from all over the planet earth! The Chunkin Site is now on a tract of land nearby Bridgeville, Delaware and offered much more earthly landspace (farmland) for the event. Bridgeville DE is a 45 minute drive from Ocean City MD and likely a shorter drive from some points North along the Delaware Coastline. It had outgrown it’s previous home and the new Punkin (Pumpkin) chunkin location was quite an improvement both for parking, road access, etc.. OLE MAN WEATHER cooperated on the 2nd and 4th .. but on the 3rd (Saturday) the event went off ok but it was blustery cold as a NorEaster (Tropical Storm) was churning off the Atlantic Coast and generated winds of a steady 30 plus or minus mph especially in the early part of the day, and brought in some unfortunate COLD winds in our faces and bodies. I attended on this day but decided it was better to return on Sunday to take photos and enjoy the day! On Sunday it was around 60 degrees with sunshine and a milder wind so the day was quite enjoyable and refreshing and certainly the punkins (pumpkins) were more willing to FLY FURTHER in the sky.
Sunday was the final day for contestants to SHOOT and FLY the pumkins into the sky! The event offers many categories of entry, such as Air Cannon, Centrifugal, Catapult, Trebuchet, Human Power, and Torsion. These categories are both in the Adult and Youth Divisions. I am sure all had a good attempt on Sunday when the sun was shining brightly, the weather cooperated and all had a good time. I had to depart early on Sunday but the Air Cannon Adult category was at that time with a punkin chunk of 4,211 feet as I recall. I am awaiting final results.
The spectators enjoyed viewing all the contestants in an organized event manner, and also had the pleasure of listening to GREAT music from live bands off and on during the event and trecking the quite huge grounds to scour out great souvenirs, foods of all flavors, rides and things for the kids, and more! Porta Potties were abundent throughtout the grounds for everyone (and they were clean). Campsites were available for those desiring to camp on or nearby the grounds, parking was abundant and the inroad and outgoing vehicle traffic was assisted constantly by the Delaware State Police.
I will continue this blog in a few days after I get complete update information on the final winners of the Punkin Chunkin categories and to provide some links to more photos and videos I managed to take during my Sunday adventure at the Punkin Chunkin Championship. You can always check the OFFICIAL web site for the punkin chunkin Associaton for updates on the winners when they announce them on their web site. Be sure to also check back here at the BLOG.ATBEACH.COM . Photos of the world Championship Punkin Chunkin are available in our At The Beach Photo Gallery .. So now maybe it’s time we get a real pumpkin and make some “real pumpkin pie” to prepare for the Thanksgiving Holiday upcoming! ..