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Punkin Chunkin Organizers Make Plea for Sponsors

Posted: 08/10/2017 13:34:00 -04:00 Updated:

BRIDGEVILLE, Del.- Organizers of the 32nd annual Punkin Chunkin to be held Nov. 3-5 say this year might be their last unless additional sponsors can be found.

The event involves participants using cannons and other homemade machines to launch pumpkins as far as they can across a field. During last year's Punkin Chunkin, a woman who was reportedly a producer covering the event for the Science Channel was critically injured after a cannon used to launch pumpkins exploded.

Following last year's Punkin Chunkin, organizers announced they had parted ways with the Science Channel, which was also Punkin Chunkin's main sponsor and contributed 25 percent of the donations needed to host the non-profit event.

Now that the Science Channel is no longer involved, the Punkin Chunkin Championship Association is struggling, according to organizers.

“The chunk will go on this year," said Frank Payton, president of the World Punkin Chunkin Championship Association. The volunteers are working hard to make sure that this tradition continues, but without an outpouring of support from sponsors, this could be the event’s last year.

The group has an emergency fund, according to Payton. However, he noted that due to increased costs, this fund may only be good for one year. This leaves the group scrambling to figure out a way to save Punkin Chunkin and continue hosting this event.

The organization had a three-year plan to rebuild its event into a family-friendly destination promoting science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Without the necessary operation funds, they have had to re-focus on just trying to survive, organizers said.

Organizers said that in order to raise funds for this year, the organization revamped its sponsorship pricing to be more appealing.

“We learned our lesson from being dependent on a single entity for the majority of our funding. As much as we appreciated the relationship, we ended up suffering in the long run”, said David Quigley, vice president of the association.

Punkin Chunkin, which got its start in 1986, is hosted each November in Bridgeville.

For more information, or to become a sponsor, visit the Punkin Chunkin website www.punkinchunkin.com or email info@punkinchunkin.com.


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