Harvest Homecoming

Purdue Pumpkin Chunking Competition

  • Oct 10

    Starts: October 10, 2017 @ 4:00 pm

    Ends: October 10, 2017 @ 7:00 pm

    Place: Purdue Polytechnic New Albany, 3000 Technology Avenue

Can you hit the Great Pumpkin target from up to 100 yards away (High School division: 70 yards) using a gravity powered trebuchet (treb-yoo-shet) firing 5 to 16 pound pumpkins?  Come to Purdue in New Albany on October 10th and we’ll see.

You’ll be one of up to 36 total teams (12 middle school + 12 high school + 12 adult teams) competing for award plaques. Each team gets 3 attempts using supplied pumpkins. All machines must use gravity (falling weights) as their only source of power, pass the usual safety and functionality checks, and be ready for competition at their start times. Awards for accuracy, originality, and efficiency will be presented at 7:00 pm. Youth teams will receive up to $400 worth of fabrication material FREE!

Plus, free pumpkin painting for the kids!

Parking onsite at Purdue, with overflow parking available in the old Sam’s Tavern parking lot. For more information, please call Trina Ruby at (812) 206-8379, Monday – Friday, 8am – 5pm.

Divisions & Registration

Middle School 3:00 – 4:00 3:00 – 4:00 4:00 – 4:15 4:15 – 4:30
High School 12:00 – 3:00 1:00 – 3:00 4:35 – 5:15 5:45 – 6:15
Adult 12:00 – 3:00 1:00 – 3:00 5:15 – 5:45 6:15 – 6:45

Vendor Schedule

11:00am – Noon: Booths and Activities Setup

Noon – 7:00pm: Booths & Vendors Open for Business

Junior Leaders, Drone Club, Beef Producers, Llama Selfie Booth, Zestos, PPNA Student Clubs, Zaxby’s, HHC Pumpkin Painting, Alumni Club, Other 4-H Extension booths, Park Community Bank, ACS Donation Booth

Competition Schedule

Noon – 3:00pm: Adult & High School Teams Setup (Noon -1:00pm) & Practice (1:00pm – 3:00pm)

3:00pm – 4:00pm: Middle School Teams Setup & Practice

4:00pm – 5:45pm: Qualifying Begins

4:15pm – 4:30pm: Middle School Competition

5:30pm: Pink Pumpkin Salute for Survivors and those affected by cancer

5:45pm – 6:15pm: High School Competition

6:15pm – 6:45pm: Adult Competition

Register HERE for the 2017 Harvest Homecoming
Purdue Pumpkin Chunking Competition

Rules & Design Ideas

• Competition Rules

• Liability Waiver

• Competition Map

• Trebuchet Design Ideas

Office Hours

Our office is located on the corner of Pearl and Elm Street and will be open from 12:00pm until 5:00pm, Monday through Friday, beginning the day after Labor Day. Stop by for more information or to pick up an application for one of our various festival events.

431 Pearl Street, New Albany, IN

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