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Punkin' Chunkin' Looks to Be Coming to Dover International Speedway

DOVER, Del. (WBOC) - Punkin' Chunkin' is poised to move the popular event to Dover International Speedway this fall.

The speedway popped up as a potential Punkin' place after the event officially lost the ability to use the Sussex County farm it had called home for seven years.

Dover International already hosts NASCAR races and the upcoming Firefly Music Festival - you can see set up happening behind me. Now, it looks like soon the pumpkin throwing competition could be the next major event added to that roster.

After losing the Bridgeville site, Punkin' Chunkin' looked at more than 50 potential host locations, including some not in Delaware and some not even on the peninsula. But in the end, John Huber, president of the organization, says the speedway was the right choice.

"We are very happy we were able to find a location that kept the event in Delaware," he said. "I think it's going to help it grow."

Punkin' Chunkin's board of directors this week approved moving forward with Dover International. The organization's membership still has to give its OK.

"One we get approval from their members, then we'll really start to buckle down and nailed down some details and hopefully be ready to host the event," said Gary Camp, director of communications for Dover Motorsports.

One of the challenges of the speedway site is having room to shoot pumpkins nearly a mile. At this point, Huber isn't worried.

"Our survey team has come out and laid out the property and has figured out how we can put on the show we're accustomed to putting on," he said.

Kent County tourism official say the dover location provides things for the event a field in the middle of Sussex County doesn't.

"It's easy to get in and out of here," said Cindy Small, executive director of the tourism. "Plus the fact that there's 2,500 hotel rooms and well over 100 restaurants."

Huber says he'd like to see Punkin' Chunkin' give Dover at least a two-year trial run.

This year - to see how it goes. Next year - to work out issues from year one and give it another try.

The pumpkins are scheduled to fly Oct. 24-26. According to the event website, that's a little more than 130 days away. So, a lot to do between now and then.
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