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Del. Senator Introduces Punkin Chunkin Bill

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GEORGETOWN, Del.-A Georgetown senator is announcing a bill to keep Punkin Chunkin, and other special events in Delaware.

The event was cancelled in 2014 after it lost its Bridgeville location.

The State Republicans Group issued a statement saying this happened after the farm owner was sued after someone was injured.

The state currently does not have a liability cap. The new proposal would change that to $1 million, going up every year by 1.5%.

Senator Pettyjohn said this bill would protect special events like Punkin Chunkin by placing a liability cap on certain damages. 


"If this legislation will help allow that in terms of having farmers feel comfortable that if there is some type of accident at their family farms, their their livelihood wouldn't be at stake," he said." "Then I think this is a good thing."

Sussex Countians, like Donald Gansauer of Lewes hope it comes back home.

"It's the county sport, it's what Sussex County is all about, a little bit of redneck a little bit of science it's just a fun thing to go to," he said. "I think it would be a loss if Punkin Chunkin did not come back to Sussex County."

With or without this new bill, Punkin Chunkin will return to Delaware for at least this year. Pettyjohn said his hope is to bring it back to a farm, if not Sussex County.

"This is moving back to the country where it should be," he explained. "Whether it's in Sussex County, which I would prefer it to be, or to a farm field somewhere else."

It is now set for November 6-8th at the Dover International Speedway.

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