At the World Championship Punkin Chunkin, you're supposed to throw your food. The contestants hurl pumpkins, the winning team being the one that throws a pumpkin the longest distance. In advance of the competition, which attracts tens of thousands of spectators and happens each November in a field outside Bridgeville, Delaware, contestants construct elaborate chunking machines——including air cannons, catapults, and trebuchets. Contestants also scavenge pumpkin patches in search of ideal, 8-to-10 pound specimen——typically of the Calabaza, Casper, or Lumina varieties——for purposes of ““chunking.”” This article, published on occasion of the Punkin Chunkin's twenty-fifth anniversary, details festival happenings in 2009, when an air cannon called Big 10 Inch took the world title with a throw of 4,162.65 feet. A mile-long throw remains the elusive goal of Punkin Chunkers everywhere. The World Championship Punkin Chunkin is a boisterous annual celebration of fall foods and the harvest, rural culture, and machinery.

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