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44 - CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, Nov. 8 - Nov. 14, 2002 Trophy leaves state as Michigan team fires longest shot; Bad, to the Bone captures centrifugal class __ .4 By Jim Cresson Out-of-state guns prevailed at this year's World Championship Punkin Chunkin event, as Michi- gan's Second Amendment cannon fired the longest shot and New Jersey's Big 10 Inch team fired the second longest. Lewes fans cheered Capt. Don- ny Jefferson's team as their Bad to the Bone machine captured the centrifugal class win with a 2,358- foot throw. In the youth unlimited division, Gourd Thrasher grabbed the win with a 3,019-foot shot, and Young Glory III finished sec- ond with a 2,922-foot shot. "Overall, it was a good chunk," said Frank Shade, Punkin Chunkin Association president. 'Tm happy that Second Amend- ment built a good cannon and shot long. On the other hand, I'm sad to see the title and trophy leave Delaware again after the good run we had in recent years." The weather cooperated to give teams sunny skies and no de- tectable wind during the final day of shooting. This year's vitally important variable on the punkin chunkin firing lines were the pumpkins. They were soft and many didn't survive the tremen- dous force from the big corn- pressed air cannons or the fast- spinning centrifugal machines. "We had plenty of punkin' pie this year," said Shade. "Because the event followed Halloween so closely, we had grown all the event pumpkins this year instead of relying on normal pumpkin growers like we usually do. "When the heavy rains hit in September, our pumpkins soft- ened up. Punkin chunkin is a lot like farming. There are always variables that can effect the event." Shade said this year's spectator turnout was slightly off those of recent years, something he attrib- uted to a sustained northeaster that hit this area the prior weekend. "People expected a muddy field, and it was that," said Shade. "We redirected parking as best we could, but still had plenty ofcom - plaints about the parking situa- tion. But people loved the chunk itself. They always love the ac- tion." Shade said great stage entertain- ment added to the action. Political candidates and their volunteers punctuated the big midway. Gov. Ruth Ann Minner joined the f'wing line, Saturday, and some high- powered sponsors helped lighten the loaki of staging the big event. Shade thanked ING Direct bank," Cat Country radio, Outback Steak -House-and J-!.arley Davidson of RehobOth Beach: for their many contributions. The official class winners were: Air cannons - Second Amendment with 3,881 feet, Big 10 Inch with 3,816 feet and Universal Soldier with 3,631; Youth Unlimited - Gourd Thrasher with 3,019 feet, Young Glory with 2,922 feet, Pumpkin Eater with 2,700 feet; Centrifugal - Bad to the Bone with 2,358 feet, Determinator with 1,087 feet and Southern Exposure with 1,005; Catapult - Hyperten- sion with 1,728 feet, Acme Cata- pult with 1,710 feet and Feats Don't Fail Me Now with 1,158 feet; Trebuchct - King Arthur with 927 feet, Regulator with 804 feet and Pumpkin Hammer with 717 feet; 11-17 Age Group - Little Feat with 808 feet, Subjagator III with 437 feet and Pumpkin Be- yond with 379 feet; Human Power - Gene's Machine with 1,507 feet, Pumpkin Slayer with 1,383 feet and Onager with 1,151 feet; Youth 10 And Under - Little Blaster with 923 feet, Pomeroy's Sister with 449 feet and Pomeroy Hurler with 62 feet. Dan Cook photol Lewes fans cheered Capt. Donny Jefferson's team as its Bad to the Bone machine captured the centrifugal class win with a 2,358-foot throw. Punkin Chunkin Associa- tion president Frank Shade names winners Nov. 3, at the awards ceremony. The Bad Hair Day? team (l-r) of Holly Hudson, Lisa Garri. son, Michele Harris and Chuck Moore listen for results of distance. Young Glory was second in the Youth Unlimited Class with its chunk of 2922 feet. Showing off their girl power at the punidn chunk are (l.r) Michaela Pomerey, 5; Samantha Davis, 3; Maggie Pomeroy, 7; and Andrea Davis, 6, of the Pomeroy Sister Slimer machine Bruce Bradford of The Second Amendment claims the championship trophy for the Michigan tes