Tate Farms’ Annual Pumpkin Blast Competition

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala - Tate Farms will be hosting their annual Pumpkin Blast Competition Saturday, October 1st, but Chris Kilroy, Pumpkin Blast Competition co-chair, is with Michelle Stark today to talk about registration and the competition's fundraiser.

Team registration costs are as follows: $200 adult team, $150 collegiate team, and $100 for a youth team.  That fee covers 4 competitors, their shirts, and pumpkins. Registration deadline is September 1st. The competition is Saturday, October 1st from 10 a.m. until about 3 p.m. at Tate Farms. Tickets at the event itself are $12 for ages 2 and up, with pre-sale packages available for tickets with event t-shirts online.

The Pumpkin Blast is a competition where youth, collegiate, and adult teams blast pumpkins at targets for distance and accuracy with their homemade catapults, trebuchets, air cannons, and other pumpkin launching devices. Families can also enjoy all of the fall-themed activities at Tate Farms while they cheer on their favorite teams. Beyond being an opportunity to bring the community together and showcase science in an entertaining way, Pumpkin Blast is also a fundraiser.

Begun in 1956 as St. Joseph`s Mission School, Holy Family Regional School made its mark in the community when it became the first racially integrated elementary school in Alabama in 1963. Today, it still operates out of the same facility that it was in then. Proceeds from Pumpkin Blast support ongoing efforts to provide an updated facility for Holy Family Regional school. This year, we are also looking to purchase new science textbooks and provide cash prizes for the competing teams.