The Mid-Plains Community College Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Club will sponsor the first annual "Punkin' Chunkin'" competition at 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26, at the Prairie Fire Pumpkin Patch, located at the Golden Spike in North Platte. During the Punkin' Chunkin' event, teams will launch 10-pound pumpkins for distance.
"Three teams from the college and one from North Platte High School are planning to compete," said Jared Daily, Physics and Engineering Instructor. "We are planning to hold this each October and we invite local high schools and businesses to join us next year."
According to Daily, junior and senior students at local high schools and area businesses were asked to design and build pumpkin-catapulting machines for the competition. Designs included detailed drawings of the machines with all relevant dimensions and materials specified. Once the designs were submitted, they were reviewed and approved by a safety expert.
Daily said prizes will be awarded for Best Single Distance and for Best Average Distance. There will also be prizes for the runner-up in each category.