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Pumpkin Chunkin’ at Its Finest

Posted by Carten Cordell / Friday, November 2nd, 2012


Photo Courtesy of Great Country Farms

Halloween has come and gone, and your leftover pumpkin still sits outside your porch.  What on earth will you do with your old (possibly rotten) pumpkin?  Destroy it, of course!  After all the Halloween hype and the madness of Thanksgiving and Christmas shopping just beginning, relieve a little stress by smashing your pumpkin into oblivion…without having to clean-up. Here’s a list of just a few places you can smash your pumpkin:     


Pumpkin Madness

Where: Cox Farms, 15621 Braddock Road, Centreville

When: Nov. 3-4, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. both days

Admission: $14 per person

Stomp, smash, crush and wipe-out pumpkins with all kinds of activities for kids and adults. Cox Farms turns their farm into a demolition derby of fun. Whether it is pumpkins being run over by a tractor or mashed into the Smasher machine, Cox Farms thinks of every possible way to turn your perfectly plump pumpkin into pumpkin pie. 


Pumpkin Chunkin’ Week

Where: Great Country Farms, 18780 Foggy Bottom Road, Bluemont

When: Nov. 3-4, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Admission: $10 for adults, $8 for children

Smash your pumpkin at the different “smashing stations” at this farm in Bluemont. In the Pumpkin Drop Zone, watch your pumpkin be carried 40 feet in the air and plummet back to the ground in pieces. Other contraptions such as the Silo Drop and Zip Wire Sploosh will entertain kids and parents as it squashes pumpkins. Take a break from destroying pumpkins and enjoy other activities the farm has to offer like the slides, rope swings and the maze.   



Photo Courtesy of Great Country Farms

Punkin’ Chunkin’

When: Nov.2-4, 7 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Where: Royal Farms, 18637 Sussex Highway, Bridgeville, Delaware 19933 (2.5 hours from Fairfax)

Admission: $10 per person per day

In case you wanted to travel a little further to see the ultimate “punkin’ chunkin’“event, then Royal Farms, Del. is your destination. This is the real deal pumpkin chunkin’ because the farm dedicates three days to a pumpkin chunkin’ competition complete with opening ceremonies, the National Anthem and all-day chunkin’. 

Competitors will bring in their chunkin’ machines and show how they destroy their pumpkins the best. On Sunday there will be an award ceremony to bestow the ultimate “punkin’ chunker” of 2012. 

Other activities accompanying pumpkin chunkin’ is a pageant to crown Mr. and Miss Punkin’ Chunkin’, a chili cook-off, a 50/50 raffle and fireworks. All proceeds will go to charities, such as St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, St. Baldrick’s Foundation, Autism Delaware and many more.   

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