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Blog entry by Karson posted 2484 days ago 756 reads 0 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This weekend the World Chanpionship Punkin Chunkin is taking place about 1/2 a mile from where I live.

If you’ve never seen a pumpkin fired out of a 10” diam. 100 ft long steel or aluminum tube, propelled by compressed air, you haven’t lived. The current world’s record is over 4400 ft. They keep trying to hit 1 mile. Lots of fun for kids and adults. Both as entries and viewers.

If you show up give me a call.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †



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scottb

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#1 posted 2484 days ago

Last years winner is up the road from me. The Yankee Siege. Was features in Pop Mechanics and elsewhere.
On one side of the road is a road side farm stand. Corn, tomatoes and so on, across the street is a stone wall and way up on the hill is a small castle. They fire pumpkins at it. And to think, just few years back they were just lobbing them into a small lake (aiming for a scarecrow in a boat) during the local pumpkin festivals.

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- http://blanchardcreative.etsy.com -- http://snbcreative.wordpress.com/

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Karson

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#2 posted 2484 days ago

The Yankee Siege is one massive machine. They have won many years in their class. I wonder if I could use their wheels for my beach cart.

If you are wondering what the Yankee Siege looks like.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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Todd A. Clippinger

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#3 posted 2484 days ago

Where do they have the room to do this? A military firing range?

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana, http://americancraftsmanworkshop.com

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Karson

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#4 posted 2484 days ago

It’s a farm field. They moved it this year. The previous farm had pumpkin landing in the woods and it didn’t help the measuring or the finding where they hit. They’ve got about 1 1/2 miles long this year. They’ve got a Rubbermaid house out in the field for them to try to hit. I don’t know the distance to it. The picture is last years event and you can see the woods were quite close, about 3000 ft.

I stopped at the house of the “Old Glory” machine (Winner 2003) a week ago and he tried to fire a pumpkin and nothing came out. They used a sewer camera to look down the barrel and it was full of pumpkin pieces stuck to the barrel. So they were going to do a Roto-Router to it to clean it out.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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Karson

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#5 posted 2484 days ago

I think this is last years winner “Second Amendment”

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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Karson

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#6 posted 2484 days ago

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-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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Todd A. Clippinger

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#7 posted 2484 days ago

Holy cow! I just came back and saw the pictures of the pumpkin accelerators!

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana, http://americancraftsmanworkshop.com

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cajunpen

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#8 posted 2484 days ago

Wow, would be really bad luck to taking a casual stroll through the woods and get nailed by the “great pumpkin” from almost a mile away. How large are the pumpkins that they shoot down range?

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased." http://www.cajunpen.com/

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Lee A. Jesberger

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#9 posted 2484 days ago

I guess everyone needs a hobby.

Lee

-- by Lee A. Jesberger http://www.prowoodworkingtips.com http://www.ezee-feed.com

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Thos. Angle

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#10 posted 2483 days ago

The Yankee Siege looks like a trebouchet.
This sounds like a lot of fun. Brings out the kid in me.

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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John Gray

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#11 posted 2483 days ago

They have a Punkin Chunkin contest at Morton, IL near where I used to live. Morton claims to be the Pumpkin Capital of the world their street signs used to be orange and pumpkin shaped. You have to go to one once in your life anyway it’s fun to watch.

-- Only the Shadow knows....................

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Karson

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#12 posted 2483 days ago

The pumpkins have to be around 8 lbs. but for the Air Canons they try to get round ones that are the size of their barrels. 8” or 10” or whatever. Some of them are using cheese pumpkins which are white because they are more solid and don’t implode as easily in the air canons.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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YorkshireStewart

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#13 posted 2483 days ago

Beyond my wildest dreams!

-- Res severa verum gaudium - True pleasure is a serious business. http://www.folksy.com/shops/TreeGems

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