Pumkin Chunkin With the All-Stars
It’s October, so you know what that means! Halloween, Thanksgiving, pumpkins, and turkey! Typically the sports associated with this time of the year are football, soccer, and cross country. But, there is one sport you’re forgetting...Pumkin Chunkin!
Pumkin Chunkin is a TV show that aired on the Discovery channel. The main focus of the show is launching pumpkins at max speed across a large distance. The goal for the pumpkin launchers is to get the pumpkin to fly the farthest. There is a lot of work and preparation that goes into this activity. There are many teams that participate in the game, all in teams of up to 10.
There are many rules that come with chunking pumpkins. Pumpkins that are catapulted must weigh between 8 and 10 pounds. Pumpkins also have to stay in one piece until they hit the ground. Machines must stay behind the firing line at all times. Machines are also not allowed to use explosives to launch the pumpkin.
These competitions would get very competitive and tense, many people waiting to see which team could launch their pumpkin the farthest. There are different divisions for different ages. All of the catapults are also mechanical. Pumpkin catapults can even cost up to $50,000, depending on how complex they are.
Pumpkin catapulting should be considered a sport, as it takes a lot of preparation, money, and teamwork. Other sports also require those things to work out, and players need them to succeed.
Although Pumkin Chunkin is a silly show to watch around Thanksgiving and Halloween, it is also a real sport that requires a lot of time and dedication from its participants.