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Del. Politicians Working to Keep Punkin Chunkin in Sussex County


BRIDGEVILLE, Del.- Punkin Chunkin organizers are beginning work to ensure that the famous festival stays in the county where it all began.

Festival organizer Frank Shade told WBOC News they have contacted local Delaware politicians in an effort to change the state's insurance liability regulations.

Sen. Brian Pettyjohn (R-Georgetown), who represents the district that has hosted the event in Bridgeville since 2007, said he will do all that he can to keep Punkin Chunkin in Sussex County.

"This is an event that needs to stay in Delaware," said Pettyjohn.

Festival organizers are considering moving the event to Wicomico County because of Maryland's more accommodating insurance liability laws. Maryland has a cap on insurance liability, while Delaware does not.

Pettyjohn said he is drawing up a bill to introduce in Delaware that would enact similar liability cap rules as nearby states, like Maryland, all in an effort to keep Punkin Chunkin in Delaware.

Shade said the Punkin Chunkin team will determine its 2014 location no later than March in order to have adequate time to prepare for an event that brought nearly 70,000 people to Sussex County this year.

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