By Carly Guise
Punkin Chunkin--it’s an activity that has been steadily gaining popularity over the past few years. The idea is that participants build some kind of machine — usually a catapult or a trebuchet — capable of launching pumpkins that range from five to eight pounds.
Chunking festivals around the nation have popped up, with the most well-known in Delaware.
On Nov. 4, the festivities were brought to York County, with a Punkin Chunkin contest at West York Middle School. Red Lion juniors Tyler Burchett and Andrew Bacon placed fifth out of 15 teams while there.
For this specific competition, there were three targets, at 25, 45, and 65 meters. Each team had one launch for each target. The winners of the contest were decided by the lowest overall distance from their pumpkins to the targets.
Red Lion students built their catapults outside of school for three weeks. Other schools, such as York Tech, allowed their students to build their machines during school.
Along with Red Lion, eight other school districts participated in the Punkin Chunkin competition: Hanover, Dover, West York, Dallastown, York County School of Technology, Spring Grove, Central York, and York Suburban.