Pumpkin launching contest to benefit historic Huntsville school

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MERIDIANVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) - Odds are you know Tate Farms for one thing - pumpkins.

The pumpkins are going to take some abuse come November for a new fundraiser called Pumpkin Blast. The idea is to launch these suckers into the middle distance any way you can.

Pumpkin Blast Co-Chair Chris Kilroy said people are using some interesting contraptions, including, "Catapults, trebuchets, we have somebody entering a slingshot."

They've got divisions for pumpkin hurlers of all ages.

Kilroy notes, "It could be anybody. We've got divisions for adult teams, for college teams, and for youth teams ages 14-18."

They do have a few limits on the creations. Kilroy adds, "It's supposed to be a four person team that designs and builds and brings it out to the firing line, and the four person team is supposed to be able to lift and move the device off of a trailer about twenty feet to put it on the firing line."

And if you win, Kilroy informs, "The prize is a trophy for the winning team, medals, and the pride of being the team to beat going into 2015."

Plus, you get the knowledge that you've helped kids get a better education. Entry fees and tickets go to raise funds for the Holy Family Regional School.

Principal Patricia Kuhn explains, "The money would go towards our Restore the Mission campaign, which is a campaign to work on our facility. To perhaps build a new school or in the meantime renovate different parts of our school, so that we can make it a better learning environment for our children."

Kuhn points out the school has an important place in state history, saying, "We were the first elementary school to integrate in the state of Alabama.  It was actually a case of reverse integration."

Unfortunately, since then, Kuhn admits, "Our facility has remained largely the same."

They want people to come shoot some pumpkins to help them out.

So if you love pumpkins, or maybe if you really hate them and enjoy blowing them up, you can have your shot and help a kid get theirs.

Kuhn has hopes,"We have a very strong history with our science program, and I would love to see a state of the art science lab for our students."

The registration deadline for teams is Friday, October 17.

The whole community is welcome to attend the actual event on November 8.

You can find more info on the event, registration and rules here.

 

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