Science Channel revives Punkin Chunkin tradition

On Nov. 26, the sky and airwaves will once again be full of projectile pumpkins.

That's right: Punkin Chunkin is returning to TV after a two-year absence. It will be simulcast on Science Channel and Discovery at 8 ET/PT.

The World Championship Punkin Chunkin Association's annual contest, held the weekend after Halloween, is a rite of fall in Delaware.

If there's any new gourd-hurling technology on offer this year, MythBustersalumni Kari Byron and Tory Belleci will showcase it with viewers along with co-hostKyle Hill.

In the past, contestants in 15 different categories have sought a competitive edge by using air cannons, catapults, trebuchets and other DIY contraptions. But it will take something special to surpass the current distance record of 4,694.7 feet, set in 2013.

“Punkin Chunkin is a celebration of backyard engineers, American innovation and everyday science. I’m excited to reintroduce this television event to Science Channel, Discovery and a whole new generation,” said Marc Etkind, General Manager of Science Channel in a statement.

In addition to the pure, juvenile delight of pumpkin-flinging, the team names are also a highlight of the event. This year, competitors include Chunk Norris, Safety 3rd, Cinderella's Revenge, And Your Little Dog 2, and, in a nice nod to the Wright Brothers, First in Fright.


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