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AFLCMC Pumpkin Chuck launches its annual event

A team readies their machine to hurl a pumpkin into the air, competing for the longest distance in the Air Force Life Cycle Management Center's Pumpkin Chuck competition. Teams compete in three categories, which vary in size of machine, weight of pumpkin, and Human-powered.(Courtesy photo)

A team readies their machine to hurl a pumpkin into the air, competing for the longest distance in the Air Force Life Cycle Management Center's Pumpkin Chuck competition. Teams compete in three categories, which vary in size of machine, weight of pumpkin, and Human-powered. (Courtesy photo)

WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio -- The Air Force Life Cycle Management Center’s 15th Annual Pumpkin Chuck will be held Oct. 25 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force.  Open to the public, competitors and spectators can enter through the Spinning Road entrance, located near the flight line.

Sponsored by AFLCMC/EN and EZ directorates, this STEM event is for the whole family. Competitors must register their machine, listing the type of chucker it is and the category they would like to enter.

There are three categories competitors can enter: 

Class A, which is the large pumpkin chuck for 8 to 10 pound pumpkins, which compete for furthest distance.

Class B, chucks smaller 2 pound pumpkins, and also compete for furthest distance.  Machine size is limited for this class.

Class C, the Human-Powered machines accuracy competition, competes for pumpkin location accuracy upon landing. 

Other contests include the pumpkin pie baking contest. Participants can take part in the Class P pumpkin pie baking contest by entering two 9-inch pies.

As the event is for the whole family, food trucks, a kid’s zone and live music will also be available.

Application, rules, frequently asked questions, types of chuckers, event description and schedule of events are on the Pumpkin Chuck Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/PumpkinChuckDayton

For additional information and Pumpkin Chuck registration, contact Matt Hampshire at matthew.hampshire@us.af.mil