Pumpkins Fly in Union

Pumpkins were flying in Union Saturday as the North Mason Chamber of Commerce and Hunter Farms held the 9th Annual Pumpkin Catapult Contest.

Shelton High School, West Sound Tech and Rainier High School were the three schools set to compete in three categories: distance, accuracy and design. Unfortunately, the Highclimbers catapult’s axle broke so they were unable to participate.

West Sound Tech tossed a pumpkin 278 feet, 10 inches to take the distance competition.

During accuracy competition, teams launch pumpkins at a boat; receiving one point for hitting the boat, two points for landing in the boat and three points for breaking a window on the boat. The team with the most points in three launches wins. However, Saturday’s competition went to sudden death with Rainier hitting the boat just before the rain started to fall.

Judges this year included Congressman Derek Kilmer, State Representative Drew MacEwen, Mason County Commissioners Terri Drexler and Kevin Shutty, radio personality Jeff Slakey, and candidates for Mason County Commissioner District 3 Sharon Trask and Kevin Schmelzlen.

Here is MasonWebTV Powered by HCC’s full live stream of the competition: