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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.

Old Glory, Milton, Delaware

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