Airborne at the Pumpkin Chucking Fest
WINSLOW TOWNSON FOR THE BOSTON G
With their catapult powered by a stripped-down, wheelless bicycle, Hersey and Stone have snagged fourth, third, and second places getting progressively better each time over the years in the adult manpower division, which is one of about a dozen categories in the Punkin Chunkin World Championship event in Bridgeville, Del. Conceived 25 years ago, Punkin Chunkin now raises upwards of $100,000 for charities and scholarships, and lures more than 20,000 people, according to its website, including dozens of teams comprised of professional and amateur engineers, tinkerers, and siege-warfare enthusiasts.
The competition is also shown on the Discovery Channel -- fittingly, on Thanksgiving night.