BRIDGEVILLE, Del. - After a lawsuit, Punkin Chunkin may no longer be in Bridgeville, which would hurt local businesses.
Tens of thousands of people come from all over Delmarva and even other states to participate in the annual championship. Local businesses get a big boost in sales when they do.
Discount Liquors in Bridgeville is the closest liquor store to the event. The owner, Alpesh Patel, said he looks forward to the customer increase every year.
"It's like from starting at 9:00 [AM] to 11:00 at night," he said. "Hundreds of people and like four times more on weekends."
Another business that will feel the loss is bar and restaurant Jeff's Tap Room. G.L. Jefferson, the owner, said losing the event will hurt their overall sales.
"We take advantage all the time, we try to do anything we can to get people in this small little town in our restaurant," he explained. "We've been here for 46 years now and those events, the Apple Scrapple Festival and Punkin Chunkin help us a great deal."
Jimmy's Grille, a local hot spot, is crowded year round, so they aren't too worried about hurting their business. However, one employee said they will mourn the loss of the fall festival either way.
"It kind of is a big deal for us here in Bridgeville," Chase Cline said. "We've had punkin chunkin here for a few years and a lot of out of state people come by and frequent our restaurant and things like that so it will be missed."
Hotels and fast food restaurants in the region will also feel the loss if Punkin Chunkin doesn't end up in Southern Delaware.
Wednesday, July 23 2014 5:21 PM EDT2014-07-23 21:21:33 GMT
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