It's official. WE ARE BACK, although, we never left or dissolved despite any rumors. The World Punkin Chunkin Championship may have been dormant for the past 2 years, but there were plenty of pumpkins being chunked around the country. The only sanctioned event in 2018 permitted to utilize the trademark was "Punkin Chunkin Colorado." In the coming months, we will recognize the participants, champions and new record holders from their event. We can't thank the City of Aurora and its volunteers enough for helping to keep our tradition going.
The past 2 years have been the hardest on our non-profit organization, both mentally and financially, following the unfortunate incident in 2016 and the ensuing litigation. However, the board remains committed, and our membership is still intact. It is this type of commitment and loyalty within our organization that compels us to move forward. We collectively feel that there is something about tradition that is worth fighting for.
Where do we go from here? We need options and your support. The immediate obstacle in determining if we can hold a 2019 Championship is land. Our land requirements are a minimum of 600 acres for parking, camping, vending and participants. Less land can be utilized with some creative thinking. If we can't stay a Delaware tradition, we hope to become an Eastern Shore tradition benefiting from laws in Maryland and Virginia for non-profits. If all else fails, it is our hope to continue to be an American Tradition.
If you feel that you can help Punkin Chunkin continue, please email [email protected] We have volunteers eager to hear what you have to say.
We are not able to address any inquiries related to the termination of the litigation except to say that the case was resolved with no admission or finding of liability on the Association's part.