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Fiddlers Grove to host Punkin Chunkin, Antique Fair

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By BEN DUDLEYThe Wilson Post

Fiddler’s Grove at the James E. Ward Agricultural Center is the place to be this Saturday if you have antiques you want appraised and/or if you want to see pumpkins flying through the air and going splat on the ground.

The second annual Antiques Appraisal Fair and Sale will be from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 17. Antiques appraisers will be on hand to assess any heirlooms, antiques and treasures. A $10 fee will be charged per item appraised.

In addition to the Antiques Appraisal Fair, Fiddler’s Grove will also host antique dealers selling a variety of goods. Booth space is available; contact 443-2626 for booth rental information.

The 3rd annual Catapultin’ Punkin’ Chunkin’ event will be from noon until 4 p.m. on Saturday as well. This is an event where people are encouraged to build their own catapult or trebuchet for the purpose of seeing whose machine can hurl a pumpkin the farthest.

Jeff Dixon, who was the first Punkin’ Chunkin’ Champ with 136 feet, is the event organizer. He said it began with a group of friends and a DVD.

“We watched a video of the big Punkin’ Chunkin’ competition in Delaware and we all thought it was cool,” Dixon said. “They had canons and everything. I said I thought I could do this and it just started from that.”

While the Delaware competition is trying to see if anyone can break a mile, Dixon said his goal for this year is to see if anyone can break 300 feet. There will not be any air canons at this year’s competition.

“This is just a bunch of good ole’ boys trying to build something to throw a pumpkin,” Dixon said. “This is the third year we’ve had the ‘Throwdown in the Grove’ and we’ve got about eight teams participating. We have three divisions for adults and three for youth with catapults, trebuchets and others.”

Admission for a machine is $20 for adult teams, which includes the captain and three team members, and $10 for youth teams ages 12-17, which also includes the captain and three team members. Admission to watch is $2.

Setup for machines will begin around 10 a.m. and “we will have pumpkins in the air at noon,” Dixon said.

Staff Writer Ben Dudley may be contacted at ben@wilsonpost.com.

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