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Breckenridge Adventures Prepared for Watermelon Blast

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One of the eleven watermelon throwers at Breckenridge Adventures (Photo:WBOC) One of the eleven watermelon throwers at Breckenridge Adventures (Photo:WBOC)

VIENNA, Md.-  There are "Punkin Chunkin" launchers in Vienna, but what are they doing in Dorchester County?  Jennifer Fleming at Breckenridge Adventures says they are being prepped for launching watermelons instead, of course!

"We are having our first annual Great American Watermelon Blast, and we will be launching melons into the sky with 11 contraptions," said Fleming.

Does that sound a bit like Punkin Chunkin?  Jennifer's husband Chip says there's a reason for that.

"We were approached by the Punkin Chunkin organization about kicking off a new event.  They wanted to do something with watermelons and were gracious enough to help us out," said Chip.

With Punkin Chunkin, the goal was to get the pumpkin launched as far away as possible.  At the Watermelon Blast, it's about accuracy.  At 250 feet they are aiming for an Isuzu Trooper, and 500 feet a van, at 800 feet is a goal post, and finally at 1000 feet, a tanker.

It may sound crazy launching perfectly good food through the air, but Chip says is isn't food they are launching.

"These are what they call pollinators, which are planted alongside the watermelons that are harvested.  They are inedible, they are smaller, they rot in the field anyway, so we aren't using watermelons that people feast on," said Chip.

The main beneficiary of the event's revenue is not Breckenridge Farms.

"Every hour during the chunking time, we will be allowing the public in and for a donation you can launch one of the melons, and all of those proceeds go to the Relay for Life.  We will also have representatives from the Relay for Life here with information about what they do," said Jennifer.

A good cause and a good time that begins Saturday at 9am.

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