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 campus. For more information, please call Trina Ruby at (812) 206-8379, Monday – Friday, 8am – 5pm.

Download Pumpkin Chunking Event Flyer Here!

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

12:00pm – 2:00pm: Booths and Activities Setup

3:00pm – 7:00pm: Booths & Vendors Open for Business

4H Booths, Gregg’s BBQ, Get In Your Belly Deli, KFC, Zestos, Alumni Club, Park Community Credit Union, Drone Club, Llama Selfie Booth, PPNA Student Clubs, HHC Pumpkin Painting, Other 4H Extension Booths

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

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

6:15pm – 6:45pm: Adult Competition

Register HERE for the 2017 Harvest Homecoming
Purdue Pumpkin Chunking Competition

Competition Map

HHPPCC Map 2017

Rules & Design Ideas

• Competition Rules

• Liability Waiver

• 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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