In Clayton Saturday, pumpkins made short, spectacular trips from the shore to the St.. Lawrence River.
The second annual "Punkin Chunkin'" festival drew a crowd to Riverside Drive to watch teams compete at flinging pumpkins into the St. Lawrence using catapult-like contraptions.
The event is organized by the Clayton Chamber of Commerce and was sponsored this year by Clayton Marina and Davidson Automotive Group.
The object? In general it was to see how far you could make a pumpkin fly, using a homemade catapult.
As a practical matter, just getting the things launched was good enough for a prize.
"We wil do shortest distance, longest distance, we'll just make up a lot of stuff as we go along so everybody walks away with a trophy," said Mike Strouse, from the Clayton Chamber of Commerce.
Money raised by the event will go to Clayton area charities.
To hear from some the participants, and see the punkin chunkin' as it happened, click on the picture to watch 7 News reporter Candace Dunkley's story.
(Note to the technically inclined: some of the devices used to hurl pumpkins are more properly considered trebuchets than catapults. This is a distinction important only if you're an avid punkin chunker, or deeply interested in warfare in the middle ages, or both.)
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