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Punkin Chuckin' October 19, 2013
Morton Punkin Chuckin Contest Oct. 19th!
Due to the excessive rain we had which has lead to extremely muddy chuckin field conditions, we have sadly had to cancel the 2012 Morton Punkin Chuckin Contest. We missed seeing all the contestants and the spectators who come out to see pumpkins fly and look forward to seeing everyone this year.To our event sponsors, we say thank you for your continued support.So, now we begin planning our 2013 Punkin Chuckin’ Contest and working to make it even better.
Here is how it works
On Friday teams may arrive and set up their machines, but most come on Saturday morning at 6 A.M. and begin put their machines together. About 8 am they begin to check in at registration and they can then choose their 3 pumpkins they need for their official distance tosses.
The youth team’s pumpkins must weigh between 5 and 8 lbs. the adult teams must weigh between 8 and 10 lbs. Each team is given a color for their pumpkins to be spray painted so we can tell them apart in the field when they are in pieces. At 10 AM there is a mandatory safety meeting that all of the teams must attend. While this is going on we hold the “Hand Tossed Contest”.
This contest is for young and old. From the pile of pumpkins folks choose a pumpkin and bring it to the registration booth and pay $1.00 to enter. We call out the names in the order that they register and each one tosses the pumpkin as far as they can. Everyone gets candy and the winner gets a prize. This usually takes until about 11 am. At that time the Chuckers have had their safety checks done and we begin tossing pumpkins for fun so people can adjust their machines.Around noon we begin the distance tosses.
Starting at the youth end of the field and working toward the adult machines each takes 1 shot. Depending on how many machines we have, we will either go back to the front of the line and let everyone take another shot or take a short break so they can throw for fun. By the end of the day the machines will have thrown 3 competition shots. We give out the prizes for the winners and then machines can stay and throw until dark, if they want.If you come out to Punkin Chuckin it will cost you $5.00 to park your car.
You must park your car in the designated field and no cars can be parked on any of the roads. Even though we are out in the country, the traffic on the roads move very fast and we don’t want anyone to get hurt.
Once you are here, the Chuckin excitement is free, but there is great food, Punkin Chuckin shirts, hats and memorabilia, fall decorations and some games for the children that cost extra. It is a good idea to bring lawn chairs as seating is scarce. This is a pretty laidback activity. We will have an announcer informing you as to what will be happening thru out the day. It is a wonderful family activity. Hope to see you there.
If you have any questions, you can call us at 309-266-5135
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