Pumpkins fly quarter-mile Saturday at Burlington

  • Thu Sep 27th, 2012 2:19pm
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Associated Press

BURLINGTON — Pumpkins will be flying Saturday at Skagit River Park in Burlington for the annual Harvest Festival and Pumpkin Pitch.

The city is one of the sponsors for a competition among five medieval-style catapults called trebuchets (TREB’-yoo-shays).

The Skagit Valley Herald reported that five teams will compete for distance and accuracy. The teams are Squash-o-Fire, Gourdinator, Hurl, Mixed Nuts Jr., and Drill Sargent. The biggest machine can sling a pumpkin 1,500 feet — more than a quarter-mile.

More than 5,000 people watched last year’s pumpkin pitching competition in Burlington.