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After Sandy Losses, Punkin Chunkin Moving Forward This Year

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BRIDGEVILLE, Del. - The first weekend in November orange pumpkins will sail through the sky over this now empty field in Bridgeville.

Frank Shade, director of media and planning says Punkin Chunkin is "an iconic event not only in Delaware, but around the world."

But could this year's premier event be Bridgeville's last?

WMDT looked into a Sussex County policy change made on August 20th, which now classifies Punkin Chunkin as a "Special Event." For organizers, this means more expenses, mainly to pay for emergency personnel.

Shade says at this time, there's no truth to the rumors of a move.

"We've had numerous offers over the years to move the event, but right now there's no plans to move it anywhere," said Shade. "This is a Sussex County event and we plan to stay here for as long as they have us."

For now, Shade is focusing on this year -- and hoping mother nature cooperates. In 2012, Superstorm Sandy caused the event to be postponed for a full day, costing them more than 35 percent in donations and attendance.

"Our full intent is that on November 1st when we open the gates, there will be people lined up waiting to get in and hopefully it will stay that way until Sunday night when we close down," said Shade.

Chip Guy, a spokesperson for Sussex County reached out to WMDT to explain an answer was not immediately given about the special events policy due to Tuesday's county council meeting and scheduling conflicts. Guy says persons with knowledge of the ordinance will sit down with WMDT in the near future to discuss what the special events policy means moving forward.

Shade does say there's something new this year, a team from New South Wales will be making the trip from down under for the first time.

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