Morton Punkin Chuckin Contest will be held October 15 & 16, 2016
10am to Dusk
16339 N. Springfield Road (Corner of Allentown and Springfield Rd in Rural Tazewell County. Take I-155 to the Broadway exit south of Morton, go about 4 miles to Springfield Rd., turn left and about 1mile you will reach Punkin Chuckin. Just watch for the signs!
Bring Lawn Chairs and Comfortable shoes for a different Fall outing.
Thanks to everyone who came out to Punkin Chuckin 2014. Thanks to our great teams for their skill and hard work. There are no results because we did not measure this year, but we will be measuring in 2016
Here is how it works
Here in Morton we love to throw pumpkins. This is a contest for distance. But we also have a lot of time to throw for fun. We will have cars in the middle of the field to use for targets, and we pick about 800 pumpkins for the 2 days of throwing. 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 registrar 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 youth machines will have thrown 3 competition shots and the adult machines will have thrown 2. We give out the prizes for the youth winners and then machines can stay and throw until dark, if they want.
On Sunday we start a little later. Some of the youth machines can only come for 1 day, so some of them might have left and some new ones might have arrived. We have a whole new contest for the youth machines. They have a safety meeting at 11am, and we have a “Hand Tossed Contest” about Noon as soon as the safety meeting is done the shooting for fun begins, and then 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 youth machines will have thrown 3 competition shots and the adult machines will have thrown the last of their 3 shots. We give out the prizes for the winners and then machines usually begin tearing down so they can travel home.
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, 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 laid back 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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