Punkin Chunkin Tickets go on Sale August 1st
The World Championship Punkin Chunkin competition will happen on November 4th, 5th & 6th, on the same farm in Bridgeville, DE where it was successfully held in 2013. Tickets go on sale August 1st and will be available online until October 1, 2016. To order tickets go to the website www.punkinchunkin.com and you will see two selections. Regular event tickets and camping or tailgating tickets. Once you select an option just follow the instructions. There are specific instructions for camping and tailgating sections for event tickets.
Frank Payton, WCPCA board president, confirmed that after nine years, the Association has increased ticket prices in order to be able to continue their thirty year tradition, The World Championship Punkin Chunkin event. “After two years of not having the event, we are finding that costs to put on this World Class event has increased and that starts with the insurance for the event”, Frank said. For the past nine years, the cost for attending this event has been only tendollars and children ten and under were free. New prices are as follows …
Friday will remain $10,
Saturday & Sunday will be $15 online or $20 at the gate and children 10 & under are still free.
“We want to keep costs down for our fans and keep this a family fun event so we decided to go with a discount for pre-sale tickets”, Frank commented.
Due to insurance and the overall concerns regarding safety at the event, Punkin Chunkin has officially stated that BYOB is no longer allowed, however, they will have alcohol sales onsite to make sure that those that want to mix beer with a little bit of Punkin Chunkin action will be able to continue to do so. Frank’s reaction was, “We would have loved to continue operating our event as we have done over the last thirty years but in order to continue to survive, we had to adapt or else”. If you are camping at the event or purchase one of their spectator VIP, alcohol is still permitted in those areas with the exception of glass. “Glass is a big problem for the farmer and we need to respect the land, without landowners like the Wheatley’s, we are done. The glass rule will be strictly enforced. Farming is this family’s livelihood and we need to help protect it.”, Frank indicated.
Punkin Chunkin is more than a world class event, they are a non-profit organization with a mission to provide scholarships to those seeking farming or engineering degree and have given back over $1 Million dollars to other non-profits since the year 2000.
The group announced early this month that all 115 spots are filled and the furthest machine traveling to the event is from Australia. There will be machines hurling pumpkins in the following classes: Centrifugal, Torsion, Trebuchet, Air Cannons, Catapults, Human Power, 11-17 Youth and 10 & Under Youth. For more information on what machines will be at this year’s event, you can view them online at www.punkinchunkin.com.