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No 2017 World Championship of Punkin Chunkin




Those that follow us on Facebook likely already saw the news. Owing to a lawsuit recently filed due to the accident at last year's chunk, the landowner that the World Championships of Punkin Chunkin are held on has requested the event to not be held on his property this year. The Association published the following statement on the Punkin Chunkin website:





2017 World Championships of Punkin Chunkin




Yes, the 2017 World Championships of Punkin Chunkin is still happening, on November 3-5 at the same Bridgeville, DE field it has been held on since 2007! Many know that there was an accident with an air cannon near the end of the 2016 event, but despite that the event is moving forward with additional safety precautions. However, Science Channel has pulled their sponsorship, which has left the Association short on funds. The event will still happen in 2017, but its future is in jeopardy without additional sponsors. If you know of a company or individual willing to donate to keep the event going, direct them to the WCPCA Sponsorship Page. Any and all donations are welcome, so feel free to donate yourself at the same link so the Association can continue to give back to the community. The Association is a 501c3 charity, and as such all money raised in excess of the cost of putting the event on is given back to a variety of charitable causes.





Fall Updates




It has been a busy fall for Team Urban Siege, but not so much on the hurling front. However, there is more than a little of that news to report. Read on for more:





World Championships Back on for 2016




Last week, it was announced that the World Championships of Punkin' Chunkin' (WCPC) will be returning in 2016 to the Wheatley Farm in Bridgeville, DE, site of the event from 2007-2013. The insurance issues that necessitated moving the event from the farm field have apparently been resolved such that we chunkers (and fans!) are welcome on the property again, as the landowner and his insurance company are now satisfied of adequate landowner protection. It should be pointed out that the Wheatleys themselves are Punkin Chunkers (United Flingdom III), and did not want to ask the event to leave, but situations were such with the on-going 2013 lawsuit from the 2012 incident that they needed to do what they did. We are thrilled that they will have us back, and are looking forward to chunking again in 2016! More information can be read in the official press release and in the Sussex County Post. Team Urban Siege looks forward to returning to Delaware to chunk punkins with all our friends from November 4-6!





2015 New Hampshire Extreme Chunkin




Since the 2015 World Championships of Punkin Chunkin ended up being cancelled for the second year in a row, we were once again left without a hurling event to go to. A number of phone calls and emails ensued, and we decided to go off to the chunk happening at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway, the Extreme Chunkin, which was only 2 weeks away (October 24 & 25) when the Delaware cancellation was made! We had not really tuned NASAW to shoot for distance in 2 years, but we really wanted to compete with some of our hurling friends again, so plans were set for us to go! Some last-minute tuning was done with about 3000 pounds of counterweight (roughly what our last shot at the 2013 WCPC was with), but unfortunately one of those shots resulted in bending a main section of the throwing arm. Luckily we still have the original throwing arm, which was the one we shot with in 2011 and 2012, so that was installed just a day before NASAW hit the road for the long drive from Western New York to Loudon, NH.





World Championships of Punkin Chunkin 2015 Cancelled




Yes, the 2015 World Championships of Punkin Chunkin, scheduled to be held at Dover International Speedway on November 6-8, are cancelled for the second year in a row. The Association was unable to obtain an insurance contract for the event this year given all the legal issues that have surrounded the WCPCA since the accident and lawsuit several years ago. Suffice to say we chunkers were once again given short notice of the cancellation (the news broke October 8), and chunkers and fans alike have been left scrambling. Delaware was going to be our only out-of-state trip of 2015 due to our busy schedules, but we have made the last-minute decision to rush off to New Hampshire and compete there with our friends from Launch-Ness Monster, Yankee Siege II, Onager, and more. We haven't tuned for distance shots in 2 years (that is currently changing), but NASAW has been firing very nicely for the last 2 years so we hope to put on a good show and hopefully set a new personal best distance. For more information on the NH chunk, visit the event site now! Stay tuned here or on our Facebook page for updates!





Team Urban Siege Fall 2015 Plans




Many people have been asking us what our plans our this fall with regards to launching pumpkins. Our confirmed schedule is listed at the top of the home page. As noted there, the World Championships of Punkin Chunkin is NOT a distance competition this year. The field at Dover International Speedway is simply entirely too small. In fact, at this time we are not sure exactly WHAT, if any, competition it will be this year. There has been talk of a "call your distance" competition, with closest to their called distance winning, but this has not been finalized. There are also a number of distance competitions popping up around the US this fall, which will see attendance from a lot of the teams that normally compete in Delaware. We would be attending one of those if our schedules allowed, but unfortunately it doesn't look like that will happen.





"Projectile Launcher" Invention Challenge at the Rochester Museum and Science Center




Hey, Team Urban Siege fans in the Rochester, NY area. The Rochester Museum and Science Center has been running an exhibit for the last 6 months or so entitled the "Inventor Center". Every few months they have a different hands-on design challenge, and the latest one is right up our alley! It is a projectile launcher challenge, and we were contacted to help provide some content and advice for their exhibit. Among these, our first team trebuchet, Melon Felon, is on display in the exhibit space for inspiration! The exhibit just opened yesterday, and runs through the end of this school year, in mid-June. Go check it out and let us know what you think!





Happy Holidays from Team Urban Siege!




We at Team Urban Siege would like to wish all of our fans a happy holiday season. 2014 was a rough year with the cancellation of the World Championships of Punkin Chunkin, but we have faith that in 2015 the event will be back and better than ever! In the meantime, we are relaxing, enjoying spending time with family, and plotting for the future.





World Championships of Punkin Chunkin 2014 - Cancelled




Sadly, the title of this post is not a joke, a play on words, or anything like that. This morning the teams were notified that the event for 2014 has been cancelled, with less than 3 weeks' notice. With the trouble with finding a new field, the association was behind all year, and they felt that there was no way that the event could be held this year. Some more information is available at this link. While we wish there had been more notice, this is what it is. We are looking to see what we will do for the rest of this year, we would like to perform for the public at least one more time before the snow flies. Stay tuned here and on our Facebook Page!







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Use "common sense" when operating trebuchets and catapults. Even little ones can be dangerous. Do not place anything you are not willing to lose in the plane of the arm rotation (this includes yourself, body parts, car windshields, cameras, etc). These catapults and trebuchets are capable of throwing just as far backwards as forwards, and the use of a backstop of some sort is recommended, though the use of one does not make the region behind it safe.

Also, just because the throw got away safely downrange does not mean the end of the danger. The arm is likely still swinging wildly along with the counterweight, and there is a sling whipping around. One thing many people fail to take into account is this sling; some people put a metal ring on the slip end of the sling and this ring can HURT when whipping around!

Have fun hurling, but please KEEP IT SAFE!!!