Valparaiso church to host third annual pumpkin launch

2013-10-11T00:00:00Z Valparaiso church to host third annual pumpkin launchFor The Times
October 11, 2013 12:00 am  • 

VALPARAISO | Faith Evangelical Bible Church is planning its third annual Punkin Launchin event for 11 a.m. Oct. 19 on the front lawn of the church grounds at 304 E. County Road 400 North.

Everyone is invited to join the fun and be a part of this unusual community event. Last year the winning machine was a catapult owned by Tim Higgins, of Crown Point, named Chuck’N It Too.

Chuck’N It Too threw a 7-pound pumpkin 561 feet. Besides two catapults there was a 17-foot tall slingshot and a trebuchet in last year’s event. Five machines are expected to compete for the coveted Punkin Cup trophy at this year’s event. The church website, has more information and there is a Facebook page for the event.

Besides the pumpkin-throwing machines, there are other fun activities planned for the family. A food concession will be available from 11 a.m. until the end of the event. The machines will be taking practice shots over the lunch hour. At 12:30 p.m., the Hand Toss and Launch Yourself competitions begin. For $1 donation, people of all ages can compete to see how far they can throw a pie pumpkin. Prizes will be awarded to winners of the following divisions: less than 7 years, 7-9 years, 10-12 years, 13-16 years, men, women, senior men and senior women.

Any person or team of two people can shoot a pie pumpkin from a giant 12 foot slingshot in the Launch Yourself competition. For a $5 donation, they can try their skill in shooting the slingshot that threw a pumpkin 462 feet in last year’s competition. The machine competition is expected to begin about 2:30 and will last until all of the pumpkins are smashed.

Jim Guerink, president emeritus of The Baptist Children’s Home of Valparaiso, will speak about the Baptist Children’s Home Ministries and present a gospel message before the machine launch begins.

There will be a pumpkin pie baking contest where the baker of the winning pie can win a gift certificate from a local merchant.

Any proceeds above the cost of this year’s event will be donated to the Baptist Children’s Home in Valparaiso.

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