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2019 World Championships of Punkin Chunkin

The 2019 World Championships of Punkin Chunkin have come and gone. 2019 was the first year the event was held somewhere other than Delaware, and the move to Rantoul, IL brought numerous changes to the event. First and foremost only 20 teams were able to make it to the new location due to a combination of factors, but this had the benefit of leading to a smaller, more intimate event which had many benefits.

2019 Fall Schedule, and World Championships Changes

Our 2019 schedule is set, with more opportunities to see us in action than normal! The schedule is on the main page of this site, but repeated here for posterity:

World Championships of Punkin Chunkin to be in Rantoul, IL for 2019

Per the WCPCA website, the event is moving to Rantoul, IL for 2019. There was a huge effort to try to keep it in the Delaware area, but ultimately the best option presented itself in the mid-West. We hope to be able to attend at this event with NASAW, but cannot confirm at this time. The press release from the WCPCA is quoted below, and also available (at the moment) at

2018 Dayton Punkin Chunk

This year, after years of talking about it but never managing it due to scheduling issues, we made it to the Dayton Punkin Chunk to compete with NASAW! The event is held annually alongside the runway at the National Museum of the US Air Force.

Team Urban Siege to Head to Ohio!

Yes, Team Urban Siege will be competing in a chunk in 2018! We are working out the final details, but we are planning to attend the Dayton Pumpkin Chuck held on November 2, 2018 in Dayton, Ohio. Yes, this is a Friday event, but as the US Air Force is involved in putting on the event (it is held at the National Museum of the Air Force), this event is always held on a Friday for staffing reasons. We hope to see some of you there cheering for NASAW!

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.

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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!!!