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8:46 am
Fri June 13, 2014

Punkin Chunkin Could Be Coming to Dover's International Speedway

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The famed Punkin Chunkin event could be moving to Dover’s International Speedway this fall.

Earlier this year the event lost its venue near Bridgeville over liability issues.

The Speedway would provide a much bigger space that would allow the pumpkins to be shot further than ever before while generating revenue for the venue.

Gary Camp, a spokesman for the Speedway, told the Wilmington News Journal that events like the recent Firefly Music Festival and Punkin Chunkin were a natural fit.

He called it a win-win for everyone.

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9:55 am
Tue April 1, 2014

New Home for Punkin Chunkin May Not Be Delaware

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Punkin Chunkin will not be returning to Dale Wheatley’s farm.

He told the Wilmington News Journal that he has shut the door on that.

He told the paper that he understands the town leaders in nearby Bridgeville are upset but added he cannot afford to be sued if anything goes wrong.

Wheatly is now a defendant in a lawsuit brought by a volunteer during the 2011 Punkin Chunkin when the volunteer was injured in a ATV accident during the event.

And unless another location is found it’s quite possible that this Delaware event may actually leave the state.

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11:49 am
Thu January 23, 2014

No Legal Protection for Punkin Chunkin From Delaware Legislature

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There won’t be any legislation in the Delaware State Legislature to shield the owner of the farm that hosts the annual Punkin Chunkin competition.

Senator Brian Pettyjohn told the Sussex County Council he has shelved the idea for now.

The measure would have protected Wheatly Farms where the competition is held from exposure to lawsuits filed by event attendees.

The Georgetown Republican said that he had run into opposition from the Delaware Trial lawyer Association which said it would set a precedent for tort reform in the state.

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10:16 am
Wed November 13, 2013

Punkin Chunkin Gets Financial Break From Sussex County Council

Sussex County Council member Vance Phillips
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Don't go anywhere.

That's the message form the Sussex County Council who agreed to take care of a $17-hundred bill the Punkin Chunkin event organizers got for EMS services.

Council member Vance Phillips made the motion to forgive the first $1-thousand of the bill and to give the Association that puts on the event another $720 from his discretionary fund.

That's meony each council member has for non-profit organizations.

The vote for debt foregiveness was 3-to-2 with council member Joan Deaver and council president Mike Vincent opposed.

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8:46 am
Tue November 5, 2013

Could Punkin Chunkin Championship Leave First State?

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Just as Punkin Chunkin wrapped up its 2013 contest with a record shot of over 46-hundred feet the president of the non-profit group that runs the events is worried that it might have to move out of Delaware after this year.

John Huber, president of the World Championship Punkin Chunkin Association, says he’s concerned about the insurance liability and bills from the state and local government.

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8:33 am
Mon November 4, 2013

2013 Punkin Chunkin Wraps Up With New Record

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The 2013 Punkin Chunkin saw a 4,694 foot shot in perfect weather on Friday by the New Hampshire based American Chunker Incorporated which never lost its lead for the rest of the weekend.

The contest ended with the Milton-based Young Glory III which held the record with a 44-hundred foot shot in 2008 until this weekend.

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11:32 am
Fri November 1, 2013

Punkin Chunkin is Back

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The 2013 World Championship Punkin Chunkin kicked off in Bridgeville today as serious and amatuer engineers try out their huge contraptions to heave a 8-to-10 pound pumpkin as far as they can.

Event organizer Frank Shade told WDEL that there are machines from as far away as Australia and New South Wales.

The event starts at 8 a.m. and runs thorugh Sunday at the Royal Farms in Bridgeville.

Tickets for adults are $10 per person per day.

Parking is included unless you’re towing a trailor or have an oversized vehicle.

 

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10:09 am
Fri November 1, 2013

Lawsuit Against Punkin Chunkin for Injuries Suffered by Lewes Resident

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - A Lewes resident who was injured while working at Delaware's popular Punkin Chunkin is suing festival organizers.

A complaint filed last week says Daniel Fair, who volunteered as a spotter at the 2011 festival, suffered spinal fractures after he was ejected from an all-terrain vehicle that hit a depression in the ground, then landed on top of him.

Fair is suing the Punkin Chunkin Association for negligence related to training and supervising spotters, safety measures, and conditions of the Punkin Chunkin field at Wheatley Farms in Bridgeville.

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12:35 pm
Thu November 1, 2012

Punkin Chunkin Goes On

Punkin Chunkin
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BRIDGEVILLE, Del. (AP) - Organizers of Delaware's annual Punkin Chunkin contest say the competition will go on to help raise spirits after Superstorm Sandy.


The competition involves inventors and tinkerers gathering to see whose homemade contraption can throw pumpkin the farthest. It will be held for the 27 consecutuive year on Saturday and Sunday in Bridgeville.


Last year's winner launched a pumpkin nearly 3,700 feet.

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