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Despite Sandy, Northeastern Teams Chunkin' At World Championship

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BRIDGEVILLE, Del. - Bob Dailyda and his team get a rush out of "chunkin punkins."     

But this year, the competition is much more than that.

It's an escape from a harsh reality.  After Superstorm Sandy ripped through the East Coast, thousands are still trying to pick up the pieces.  Team Gaul Buster hails from South Jersey and said the eye of the storm went right over them.  Even so, they said they were very fortunate.

"Luckily where we live, we're a little bit in land and we did ok and the family is safe," said Dailyda.  "[We] lost some shingles, lost some trees, so our families are pretty good.    

Mista Ballista traveled from Massachusetts to try to capture the trophy.  Although they weren't directly affected by the storm, they did run into one hurdle: keeping an eye on the gas gauge.

"We carry extra gasoline for our small engines and we actually had to use that in the truck to keep going until we found places with gas in Southern Jersey," said Eric Ludlam.  

Problems aside, the weekend can be summed up in 14 simple words.

"It's like a big social party for people who do weird stuff for catapults," said Ludlam.

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