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Lost Pumpkin: If a team’s shot is unable to be found by the WCPCA spotters, it will be declared a “Lost Pumpkin” by the Pit Boss. From the time the Pit Boss declares a “Lost Pumpkin”, the team has 15 minutes to decide whether they would like to re-shoot or send out their own spotters to search for the pumpkin. A team spotter must have been in the field during the shot to elect to search for a lost pumpkin.
Only (1) make up shot will be allowed per round of competition. The team captain may be asked to redirect their machine. If redirected, the machine will have to be re¬inspected by the safety inspector. It is the team’s responsibility to locate the Weigh Master and have another pumpkin weighed and documented. The team will be given as much time as available without interrupting the firing line.
Any team which decides to search for their pumpkin will be allowed 3 hours or until dusk to locate their pumpkin. The Pit Boss will document the search start time on the machine in the location where the surveyor distances are being recorded. A teams search may not interrupt the WCPCA spotters from proceeding down the firing line. Any recovered pumpkin must be able to be clearly identified as the team’s pumpkin and visible paint to match the color of the day.
It is at the discretion of the Safety Inspector to require a 15 min. fully cocked stress test and test fire to ensure public safety. This is expected for new teams who have never proven performance on the field during a WCPCA event. It is also expected for teams who have made modifications from the previous year that change the fit, form, or function of the design being introduced in the new year such that it constitutes a design change in the equipment’s ability to perform a repeat of its intended function.
Fit- a change such that the component is different in how it is installed from a previous approved installation method by the association.
Form- A change in the form of any component such that it’s alteration deviates from code, standards, or demonstrated common practices like OSHA, ASME, or other standards expressed by the WCPCA.
Function- any change that changes the design function of any component such that the safety committee needs to inspect welds, knots, bolting, cable clamps, or any other mechanical attributes for proper use.
In all cases, Inspections focus on the welfare and safety of the general public and the chunkers. Changes made by the teams are to be pointed out by the captain for teams who have been inspected in the prior year’s event. New Teams will get a full inspection for ability to meet requirements.
All portable air storage vessels used to fill their cannon must be stood upright and secured to a stationary device. No tanks or vessels may be stored lying down on the ground or transported lying down in any vehicle. Every vessel must have a safety cap on it when not in use. All nipples, fittings, manifolds, or airlines must be capable of handling the pressure of air on them. This is your responsibility.
All propane tanks must be secured to a stationary device.
Air Vessel Rules
The following rules are State of Delaware requirements enforced by Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC). They are non-negotiable.
DNREC Rules are as followed:
Adult Female Air Class (18 and older)
Adult Air Class (18 and older)
Adult Centrifugal Class (18 and older)
Adult Catapult Class (18 and older)
Adult Trebuchet Class (18 and older)
Adult Human Power Class (18 and older)
Adult Human Power Centrifugal Class (18 and older)
Adult Torsion Catapult Class (18 and older)
Youth 11-17 Air Class
Youth 11-17 Catapult Class
Youth 11-17 Trebuchet Class
Youth 11-17 Human Power Class
Youth 10-Under Catapult Class
Youth 10-Under Trebuchet Class
Youth 10-Under Human Power Class
The World Championship Punkin Chunkin Association supports the mission of the above organizations by contributing to the funding that keeps them going strong. A share of the proceeds from our annual Punkin Chunkin event in November is earmarked for charitable giving. We are proud of our relationship with these vital nonprofits and the work they do to make life better for those in need.