Pumpkins took flight Saturday in Union in the 9th annual Pumpkin Catapult Competition at Hunter Farms. Shelton High School, Rainier High School and West Sound Tech built trebuchets to hurl pumpkins, competing from distance and accuracy. A trebuchet is a machine used in medieval siege warfare for hurling large stones or other missiles.
Rainier’s catapult won the distance competition launching a pumpkin over 348 feet. South West Sound Tech won the accuracy competition hitting the target, a boat, on the first of the three tries.
MasonWebTV Powered by HCC recorded the competition (and streamed it live).
The North Mason Chamber of Commerce put on the catapult competition as part of PumpkinFest at the historic farm.