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Photos: Don't be alarmed. This arsenal in a soybean field near Harbeson (top) was not from a foreign aggressor, but merely an Invasion of the Punkin Chunkers this weekend. Old Glory (below) finished third in the distance competition with a shot of 3,404 feet.
A SOYBEAN FIELD -- The 14th annual World Championship Punkin Chunkin brought 65 competitors and 30,000 punkin chunkin fans to a soybean field near Harbeson the weekend of Nov. 6-7.
The event features food, live entertainment, fireworks and other amusements in addition to pumpkin chunkers competing in human-powered, catapult, and cannon divisions.
The Big 10 Inch cannon team from New Jersey, led by a retired DuPont engineer, won the distance competition with a shot of 3,694.68 feet, well short of the record 4,026 feet set last year by the Aludium Q36 Modulator from Illinois.
The Q36 finished second this year with a shot of 3,539 feet. Old Glory (pictured below) from Milton placed third with a shot of 3,404 feet.
Competitors blamed volatile winds and pumpkins made "mushy"by an early freeze for their inability to beat last year's record and seriously challenge the mile mark.
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