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Oct 23, 2015 1:39 PM

Flying pumpkins: Loudon Motor Speedway hosts Punkin Chunkin competition


LOUDON - What better time of the year than October to participate in the Extreme Punkin Chunkin event being held at the New Hampshire Speedway in Loudon Oct. 24-25.

According to the Telegraph of Nashua, over 20 teams from around the country will compete with individually designed machines that launch pumpkins the farthest distance on the speedway's "Magic Mile."

The first two rounds will be held on Saturday, and the final round, to determine a winner, will be held on Sunday.

"I had a background in fabrication and mechanics, and I just applied that to this device," Brian Labrie told the Telegraph. "A few of the guys helped me out along the way."

Labrie and his team of more than 25 people hold the world record for the largest launch, at 4,694.68 feet.

This event has previously been held in Delaware, but due to logistics was moved to the New Hampshire Speedway.

"There will be a lot of great machines par­ticipating this weekend," Labrie said. "But no mat­ter what our goal remains to either be first, second or third."

The first round begins at 9 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 24. Tickets are available online.


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