The 2017 Punkin Chunkin is cancelled and this betting woman predicts it’s the end of the road permanently for the Chunk.
Lawsuits will do it every time and seems the most recent lawsuit is bringing the event down forever.
Our nonprofit, the World Punkin Chunkin Association, a 100 percent volunteer-based group, has recently come under litigation regarding the incident where Ms. Suzanne Dakessian, a Sharp Entertainment’s employee, was involved in an unfortunate accident at our 2016 event. The pending lawsuit lists our nonprofit and its officers as defendants,” the World Punkin Chunkin Association announced on its website.
“The landowners who graciously donate the use of their property each year for our non-profit endeavors are also listed as defendants. They are reluctant to host our 2017 event in light of the lawsuit.
“With less than 74 days until our event, we are left with no options. It is with our deepest regrets that we announce that 2017 Punkin Chunkin is canceled and with it, the economic impact that Delaware receives, the funds that we generate to help fund other nonprofits and the scholarships for deserving youth. Refunds will be issued within the week.
I gotta say the first year we attended, as hoi polloi, behind the fence with all the drunk University of Delaware students, we felt pretty safe from any errant pumpkin or air cannon shot.
However, the year we ponied up to be sponsors and got a golf cart and free access in front of the fence, up close and personal to the teams and machines, I could easily see how someone could get hurt. Even with a trebuchet.
I should have thought of my blog name BEFORE becoming a sponsor … and those were the days when I hadn’t bought my own domain so I had to add at WordPress to the long handle. Oy. I remember when I called to see if I could be a sponsor, the Luddite chairman didn’t even know what the word Blog meant. He had never had such a request.
The category everyone waited for was the Air cannons – the huge machines that catapulted the pumpkin nearly a mile
I don’t think we’ve ever had MORE FUN than we did at the Chunk. We met some incredible people – from engineers to welders to Boy Scouts to teachers to everyday DIYers who wanted to create a machine that would cast a pumpkin far.
Even The Governor and the Delaware State Police were in good spirits meeting us.
We became friends with the crew of Chunk Norris, hailing from New Hampshire. Just such a great bunch of chunk enthusiasts!
If you want to see all the blog posts from our PC days, look in the Tag Cloud for PC 2010 and PC 2011. Note: in the old WP format, a video could stand as the cover photo. Not with this new theme so you’ll see some posts with no photo in the Cube, but they are visible within the post itself. I won’t bore you by linking to them here.
LSS, we’re bummed it’s over. It was good for Delaware. Good for physics nerds. Good for engineer nerds. Good for kids to learn motion…and gravity!
Happy Thursday. My lawn crew here with loud leaf blowers. Generator getting its twice a year service, tune-up. Gotta be ready for winter and any outages that may occur.