As part of our continuing series on weird festivals, we offer you a recommendation for your November travels…Punkin Chuckin! Otherwise known as, “Oh that’s what they do with their Halloween pumpkin…”, this year the event is November 4th-6th.
History of Punkin Chuckin
The event started in 1986 in Lewes, Delaware. I first learned of the event in 1996 during a visit to my parent’s home in Millsboro, Delaware. I recall watching the 2002 telecast of the event on the Discovery Channel. (The Science Channel has broadcast the event in recent years.)
Over the years the event has moved to various locations in Sussex County, each move prompted by increasing shot distances and crowds. After utilizing the Dover Speedway, I am pleased that the event has returned to the open fields in Bridgeville, DE. (This Google Map suggests there isn’t a lot in harm’s way.)
Punkin Chuckin Record Books
Though the current world record holder utilized an air cannon, with a blast of 4694.68 feet in 2013, my favorite events are more medieval in nature:
RVs and Punkin Chuckin
The weekend includes a chili cook-off and beauty pageant and even offers a RVer’s package. However, a dry camping spot in a field and two adult weekend passes will set you back $260. Click here to buy you tickets which allow you to arrive on Thursday and leave on Monday.
If you choose to go, perhaps consider extending your trip to the beach. May we suggest you plan your route via historic Milton, Delaware. Though the daytime temperatures might not hit 60, you will still want to check out King’s Homemade Ice Cream as you walk along streets lined with Victorian homes. Follow Rte 9 about 20 minutes and stop in Lewes, DE. Founded in the early 1600’s, and with a population of less than 3,000, Lewes offers unique shops and cozy restaurants. If you need more ice cream, check out Hopkins Farm Creamery. Their Cappuccino Delight is to die for. Just a short drive south along Rte 1 (which is a parking lot in the summer, but bearable at this time of year) is Rehoboth Beach, our favorite east coast shore community.
Combine Punkin Chuckin weirdness, camping and picturesque, shore-side towns for a perfect fall excursion. Enjoy!