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Oct 25, 2015 10:14 AM

Punkin Chunkin in Loudon launches pumpkins, pianos airborn as hundreds watch

LOUDON - About 500 people gathered to watch 19 different machines catapult, throw or launch pumpkin into the air on Saturday.

The event at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway was a contest called the Extreme Punkin Chunkin, making its first appearance in New England. The event was held in Delaware previously. It involves competitors who've built catapults, air canons and other launching devices trying to outdo each other in terms of how far each machine can fling a pumpkin weighing between eight and 10 pounds.

"Who can hate punkin chunkin? You're smashing things and it's legal so it's totally worth it," said Lisa Moreau, of Hudson.

For Saturday, organizers brought out a retired trebuchet called the Yankee Seige, which was used to launch several barrels filled with water, a boat, four pianos and even a Volkswagen Bug.

The event continues Sunday, when a winner will be announced.

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