Who can shoot a pumpkin the furthest? Who can eat a pie the fastest? Which Weiner dog is the quickest? All of these questions will be answered at the 8th Annual Pumpkin Chuckin’ Festival! Mark your calendars now for Saturday, October 26th.
This year’s festival has a new in-town location—The Grand County High School Soccer Field at 400 East and Red Devil Drive!
Teams are working hard to assemble machines—slingshots, catapults, and trebuchets---to compete in the Pumpkin Chuckin’ competition. Chuckers are judged on distance, accuracy, team theatrics, and team sportsmanship with cash prizes going to the winner in each machine category..
The Chuckin’ is definitely one of the main attractions of the Festival, but there is so much else going on too. Food, Art, and Activity vendors will fill the soccer field. Live music from the Motones as well as performances by local artists Eric Jones and the Fiery Furnace Marching Band will be playing at the Main Stage. There’s endless entertainment for kids with craft booths, straw bales to climb, a giant sand box, and a “chuck your own” area. Pumpkin Pie Eating, Seed Spitting and Costume contests happen throughout the day for both adults and youth.
“It’s everything you think of when you think of a fall festival and really has something for people of all ages to enjoy,” said Delite Primus, Executive Director of the Youth Garden Project.
Tickets for the event are $10 for adults, $5 for youth (ages 4-14), and children 3 and under are free. All proceeds from the event go to support the Youth Garden Project. The Youth Garden Project is a non-profit organization in Moab that provides educational programs for youth and community members in their 1 ½ acre garden.
The Pumpkin Chuckin’ Festival is a major fundraiser for the Youth Garden Project. “A lot of people don’t realize that the cost of their admission ticket gets them a full day of entertainment plus helps provide essential youth and community programs year round for the Moab community,” Primus pointed out. “That’s a pretty big bang for your buck!”
For more information on the Pumpkin Chuckin’ Festival visit: www.youthgardenproject.org/pumpkinchuckin or www.facebook.com/pumpkinchuckin.