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CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, October 17 - October 23, 1997 - 67 Punkin' Chunkin' Association President Capt. Speed Lack- hove, during last Sunday's preliminary meeting, explains the layout of the pit area for punkin' chunkin' competitors in the upcoming 12th Annual World Championship Punkin' Chunkin' Championship slated for Saturday and Sunday, Nov. I and 2. Drifters, Love Seed, stiff competition in store for 12th Punkin' Chunkin' By Dennis Forney each team three minutes to fire. The fences are up, machines are We have to keep the competition beginning to assemble, and the moving this year so we can beat buzz is building for the 12th An- that dark thing we ran into last nual World Championship year. If everyone has their act to- Punkin' Chunkin' competition ........ gether and works together, we'll This year's event, sponsored again by the Roadhouse Steak Joint, will fill the fields at Joe Hudson's Eagle Crest Aerodrome on Route 1 on Saturday and Sun- day, Nov. 1 and 2. In addition to the excitement of the annual punkin' chunkin' com- petition, this year's event will in- clude live music from the Drifters, Love Seed Mama Jump, Mercy River and Jason Aldean and the Young Guns. "We think it's a pretty good lineup," said Pete Townsend of the Roadhouse. "We' re going to end the festivities on Sunday evening with an awards ceremonies for the win- ners and a fireworks display." Requests for vendors to serve the thousands of people who at- tend have gone out and the count- down is on. The festive atmos- phere will also include souvenirs, crafts, antique car show, drag car show, helicopter rides, pumpkin recipe contest, kiddie entertain- ment and pony rides. Members of the Punkin' Chun- kers Association met at Speed Lackhove's Riverside Park in Lewes on Sunday afternoon to iron out details for the main event. The target competition, which in- cludes cash prizes for those throwing pumpkins with accuracy and beginning rounds of the pumpkin throwing competition, will get underway at about noon on Saturday, Nov. 1. The distance finals will begin at noon on Sun- day. "We're going to start shooting at high noon, just like Gary Coop- er at the OK Corral," Lackhove told a crowd of about 100 chun- kers who showed up for Sunday's meeting. "We're going to give have time to spare.,'. Darkness clouded 1996 In 1996, the Morton, Illinois team Aludium Q36 Pumpkin Modulator seized the Punkin' Chunkin' World Championship trophy with a record-breaking shot of 2,710 feet. The champi- onship, however, was clouded somewhat by the fact that the last round of throws came early in the evening afte r the sun had set. Punkin' Chunkin' officials as- sembled on the field the next morning to track down the last throws from the day before, and they determined the Illinois team had won. Trey Melson, whose Universal Soldier introduced the air cannon concept to punkin' chunkin' and won the title in 1994, claimed that a pumpkin from his machine was found in the woods later in the day. "That pumpkin went over 3,000 feet but we were too late and it doesn't re- ally matter. We'll be back this year," said Melson. Speed Lackhove, whose Mello Yello air cannon took second prize in 1996 with a throw of 2,629 feet, also vowed to redouble his efforts to bring the champi- onship trophy back to Sussex County, where punkin' chunkin' originated. In addition to the air cannons, which make up the unlimited divi- sion, cash prizes will also be awarded to entries in the centrifu- gal division, catapult division and human-powered division. Prizes will also be awarded tbr competi- tion in the youth division. More than a dozen chunkers are expected to compete for thou- Continued on page 71 (Formerly the Sea Horse Restaurant) Brings back by popular demand the Sea Horse's famous SUNDAY .... BRUNCH Bu00'Fs;'r featuring all your old favorites for just $14.95 Served 10 to 2 Our Award Winning Seafood Buffet continues to be served Friday and Saturday evenings with specialities including Carved Roast Beef, Raw Oysters, Steamed Shrimp & Snow Crab Legs. DiNardo's is proud to still be the home of The Baystar Dinner Theatre Open 7 Days A Week 330 Rehoboth Avenue 227-7451 DiNardo's has long been famous for their seafood since 1938 with locations in Wilmington and Philadelphia.