Annual Pumpkin Catapult Contest Saturday

Hundreds will gather to witness pumpkins flying through the sky at the North Mason Chamber Catapult Contest presented by the Chamber and Hunter Farms in Union.  Saturday, Oct. 27, 12-1:30 p.m., Shelton High School, West Sound Tech and Rainier High School will again compete for prizes at this popular fall event.

“There’s simply nothing like it,” says Stephanie Rowland, North Mason Chamber President/CEO. “Seeing the results of these students’ hard work in action is so impressive.”

The three schools are required to build their own trebuchet to launch the pumpkins in the vast field.  Coaches and teachers Matthew Gordon, Shelton High School; John Lybecker, Rainier High School; and Erick Erickson, West Sound Tech, prepare for judging in distance, accuracy and design.

Here is last year’s full competition:

This event marks the end of Union’s month-long “PumpkinFest,” a community-wide celebration of fall.  Businesses and organizations all offer up discounts and special activities throughout the month of October, then hundreds turn out for the catapult contest on the Saturday before Halloween.

“We encourage families to add this event to their family plans for Halloween. In addition to the catapults, families can enjoy many fun activities offered by Hunter Farms, from the pumpkin patch to the hay maze and hay rides,” said Rowland.  “This event would not be possible without the sponsorships of local businesses. Our gold sponsors include: Builders FirstSource, Kitsap Credit Union, iFIBER Communications, Hood Canal Communications, Scott McLendon’s Hardware, Kitsap Bank, Manke Lumber and Our Community Credit Union.”

Admission is $5 (children 2 and under are free). For more information, www.visitunion.com and www.hunter-farms.com.

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