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
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.
The youth teams will shoot for distance. The youth team’s pumpkins must weigh between 5 and 8 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 Youth distance tosses. Adult teams will shoot competing for distance this year.
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, 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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