Punkin Chunkin could go virtual
DELAWARE – The World Championship Punkin Chunkin Association is weighing their options on how they can make their event happen safely this year. “As soon as the COVID-19 pandemic hit a lot of those leads that we were working just dried up for obvious reasons. They needed to focus on what was happening right then and there,” said president Frank Payton.
Payton tells 47ABC that while the organization is considering holding the event across social media instead of in person. One idea is to have competitors do their pumpkin launches in their own areas – and submit video and results to be judged. “We’re definitely thinking outside the pumpkin. In this particular case a lot of participants do have their testing areas where during certain times of the year they can go test out their machines and get distances. So right now a group of us are working diligently and coming up with these remote rules,” said Payton.
Payton says that the organization is working out the details of how this might work – and how they can make it as interactive as possible. “One thing that is actually going to benefit us is the use of social media. We’re working out the logistics with insurance companies to understand if we can live event this, stream it. So there’s going to be more information provided by the association,” said Payton.
Payton says that while the event requires wide open spaces for the pumpkin launches, spectators would probably have a hard time social distancing. He says he hopes the event can return to its full potential in years to come. “We’ve definitely had some dark clouds over our organization in the past years, but we’re hoping that with the community’s support we can rebuild back to that point,” said Payton.