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Dover Residents Excited After News Of Punkin Chunkin Vote

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DOVER, Del. - Watch out Dover, pumpkins are expected to launch outside of the Monster Mile this fall.

No, not in front of the famous statue. At the Woodlands campground owned by the Dover International Speedway and home to Firefly. On Sunday, Punkin Chunkin team captains voted to move the Sussex County fall classic more than 30 miles north into Kent County.

At least for this year.

"I'm definitely going this year. Definitely going to go," said Norman Christoferson of Dover. "If it's at the race track I'll out there.  Ain't that far to go.  It's only about two miles from [downtown Dover] I ain't walking to it, but I'll take a taxi cab to it."

"It's another event that you can add to the list besides the races and Firefly," said Willie Brown of Dover.

But questions remain.

How will this property fit dozens of catapults and air cannons blasting off pumpkins a mile straight?

And can the Chunk bring in additional revenue for Kent County?

Dover Speedway says they're working on the site now. Central Delaware Chamber of Commerce hopes the event sparks more interest for the area.

In a statement president Judy Diogo says, "We hope people will continue to come back [even after Punkin Chunkin' and search other things, go down and look at our museums. We have a beautiful downtown and it would be great to have people discover this little gem."

"I think it'll be a blessing for something in Dover to happen," said Fred Lehgo of Dover.

With the move to Dover, it's one county's gain and another one's loss.

The World Championship Punkin Chunkin has been held in Sussex County since it's inception back in 1986. 47 ABC reached out to Sussex County leaders today for their reaction to the news.

County administrator Todd Lawson sent us this statement:

"Certainly we're disappointed to learn of the vote this weekend. It is not unexpected and we knew it was coming.  At least it is staying in Delaware. We have been approached by Chunkers and absolutely will try to bring it back."

Punkin Chunkin is scheduled to take flight October 24th.

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