By Donna Fowler
If you’re looking for something fun to do this weekend, check out the Punkin Chunkin Colorado Competition and Festival in Aurora.
What is chunkin a punkin, exactly? It’s flinging a pumpkin as far as possible using various homemade contraptions. This is not for the meek. For instance, the big daddy of these contraptions is the air cannons that can shoot pumpkins over 4,000 feet. Trebuchet, Catapult, Torsion and Centrifugal are the other categories in the competition.
It’s not just about watching the pumpkins fly through the air and smash to the ground. Half the fun is checking out the Punkin Chunkin teams. They come from all over the country and sport names like Lords and Ladies of the Gourdes, Not in My Driveway and Kamikaze.
The event also features family-friendly activities like face painting, pony rides, crafts, a pumpkin patch and a blow-up corn maze. There are plenty of food and beverage vendors to keep your energy up while watching the pumpkins soar.
One of only five such events sanctioned by the World Championship Punkin Chunkin organization, the Punkin Chunkin Colorado competition runs Saturday, Oct. 7, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., and Sunday, Oct. 8, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., at the Arapahoe Park racetrack, 26000 E. Quincy Ave.
Daily festival tickets are $5 for those five years old and older. Parking is free, but be prepared for huge crowds. Last year’s festival drew an estimated 30,000 punkin chunkin fans. For more information or to purchase tickets online, go to Punkin Chunkin Colorado.