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Punkin Chunkin Begins Friday in Delaware


BRIDGEVILLE, Del.- For more than 25 years, pumpkin enthusiasts have been making those orange orbs fly in Bridgeville.

"It's a great day when you come out and get to see people you only see once a year for the most part, people come in from all over the world," said Punkin Chunkin organizer Frank Shade.

After participating in smaller pumpkin chucking competitions, Tim Slifcak and his team from Ohio knew they needed to come compete in Bridgeville.

"We decided we ought to give it a throw at the world championships and that's why they're here, so it's kind of a fun thing," he said.

In addition to all of the out-of-town teams, there are plenty of locals chunking too. Even a few husband and wife rivalries.

"It's 'Bad habit, witches flight' so it's an all-girl team and we're competing against all of the boys but we made the boys do a lot of the work," Cesar Korwek said.

And it takes a lot of work to make a pumpkin fly. "We're trying to do the best we can with scavenged parts. I mean this is a Frankenstein machine. This stuff was actually just this side of the steel mill," Slifcak said.

For the winners there is glory but no prize money. Event organizers expect to raise more than $100,000. "And it all goes out to assorted charities, we have a huge scholarship program," Shade said. "We give away over $50,000 in scholarships each year to local deserving students."

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