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Pumpkins will be flying at Abington Area Community Park Sept. 29. The Hillside Harvest Moon Festival will feature ‚??Punkin Chunkin‚?Ě this year.

Mike Hargrove is the mastermind behind adding this event to the Festival. He said it‚??s something new and fun. He has been watching Punkin Chukin on TV for years and now he is bringing it to Abingtons. It is the Abington Youth Soccer League‚??s contribution to the Festival. ‚??I‚??m a sports guy and it‚??s giving these engineering and geek guys an opportunity to compete,‚?Ě said Hargrove.

The Punkin Chunkin will be new to the area but it certainly is not new to the world. It started in 1986 when four guys heard that a physics class at Salisbury State University ‚??threw‚?Ě pumpkins. It became a competition between the four men that soon became a world-wide competition. The World Championship for Punkin Chunkin will be held November 2-4 in Delaware.

The World Championship Punkin Chunkin Association is a non-profit organization that raises money for scholarships and organizations that benefits youths and local communities.

Punkin Chunkin by definition is hurling or chucking a pumpkin by mechanical means, such as a catapult or sling shot. The Punkin Chunkin at the Hillside Harvest Moon Festival is only a demonstration. The pumpkins will be shot into the lake to avoid a messy clean up. ‚??It should be exciting to see pumpkins splash in the lake,‚?Ě Hargrove said. Fun fact: Pumpkins float.

This year it will only be a demonstration and not a competition, Hargrove said. ‚??[This] gives people a year to create catapults and prepare for next year for an event.‚?Ě

Besides Punkin Chunkin, the Hillside Harvest Moon Festival will also feature food, live music and other events. Food will be provided by the Abington Lions Club and Duffy‚??s Coffee House. The Lions Club will cook Jambalaya, sweet corn, Wimpies, hot dogs, hamburgers and a vegetarian dish. Duffy‚??s will provide baked goods, smoothies and coffee.

Quietmen will provide live music and entertainment for the afternoon. Festivalgoers are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and blankets for the event.

There will also be a Home Run Derby run by the Abington Area Girls Softball League, Dog Agility classes given by the Abington Dog Park, face painting for kids done by Abington Community Library Teen Literature, the Abington Community Garden will have pumpkins for sale and crafts, and there will be leaf pounding as well.

The artwork for the art opening of the Earth Art Trail will also be on display by the Boardwalk during the Festival for viewers.

Diane Vietz, organizer of the event said, ‚??It gets people together just for a couple of hours during a spectacular time of year.‚?Ě

The Hillside Harvest Moon Festival will take place Sept. 29 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Abington Area Community Park. There will be a full moon that night, which is why Vietz chose that date. She hopes in the future to move the festival to the evening so spectators can enjoy the Festival and the full moon.

For more information concerning Punkin Chunkin, visit www.punkinchunkin.com or visit youtube.com and search Punkin Chunkin for some footage of flying pumpkins.

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