Dover, Delaware: World Champion Punkin Chunkin

Using homemade launchers, pumpkins are fired nearly a mile. Annual competition since 1986. New location in Dover stresses accuracy (target destruction) over distance. Cancelled for 2015.
Leipsic Rd, Dover, DE
North of the city at Dover International Speedway. Hwy 1 exit 104. Drive one mile. Make first left onto US Hwy 13. Drive two miles. Turn left onto Hwy 88/Leipsic Rd.
Cancelled for 2015.
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Punkin Chunkin Puts Down Roots

Punkin Chunkin will remain in Delaware this year, to the relief of its home state supporters, and to fans everywhere of thrown pumpkins.

... [10/21/2007] Complete News Story

Proliferatin' Punkin' Chunkin'

I happened to plan a trip last November to Lewes Deleware, and was in town for the Punkin' Chunkin, but more important than the fact that Lewes was hosting a Punkin' Chunkin' was the fact that the local paper indicated there were about a dozen similar events across the US. Watch for a Punkin' Chunkin' near you!

[Paul, 03/26/2002]
Punkin' Chunkin'

In the Delaware "tips" section, a person mentioned "Pumpkin Chunk." The correct festival title is Punkin' Chunkin' and it takes place near Lewes the first Saturday and Sunday after Halloween. However, they are perhaps changing the location for 1998. We attended for the first time in 1997 and had a blast! Different classes for competition exist for human-powered and machine-powered distance throws and target competition. Some pumpkins are blasted from machines at speeds up to 400 mph, and you can't even see them speed by -- all you see is the orange spat up to a mile away from the firing line. They have a web site at

[K Melchi, 02/11/1998]

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