Ticket sales under way for Punkin Chunkin


Screen Shot 2016-08-17 at 8.36.10 PMAfter a two-year absence, tickets are now for Punkin Chunkin.

The autumn event will be held Nov. 4-6 at  Wheatley Farms, near Bridgeville.

The event that launches pumpkins from cannons is back in Sussex County after an unsuccessful effort to move the event to the Dover Downs area in Kent County.

The delay was blamed on problems in obtaining liability insurance, Legislative efforts to modify the laws were opposed by trial lawyers, who brushed off allegations of torpedoing the event that features high-powered machines that shoot pumpkins for long distances.

An agreement was finally reached to hold the event and waivers are part of the registration for Punkin Chunkin.

The formerly free-wheeling event will no longer allow tailgating and alcohol consumption in the parking area.

Instead, VIP tailgating tickets will be required with BYOB  allowed in the VIP area. A number of ticket and camping packages are offered.

Punkin Chunkin remains under the auspices of the World Championship Punkin Chunkin Association, a nonprofit that raises money for scholarships, as well as organizations that benefit youth and the local community.

The ticketing site for the event carries the name of Red Frog Events, the Chicago company that operates the Firefly Music Festival at Dover Downs.

The offbeat nature of Punkin Chunkin has attracted national and even worldwide attention to Delaware.

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