(May 1, 2019) Ocean City Council members on Tuesday took the first steps to bring the World Championship Punkin Chunkin event to the resort this November.

Bust O Matic

Dawn Thompson's Bust-O-Matic previously set a world record during the Punkin Chunkin World Championship. Thompson was in Ocean City on Tuesday to talk about moving the event to the resort.

A deal to bring Punkin Chunkin to the Ocean City inlet parking lot apparently materialized during the last several weeks and was part of Bob Rothermel’s T.E.A.M. Productions Event Enhancements proposal to the City Council during a Tuesday work session. 

According to a brief proposal, the event would include about 100 mechanical “chunkers” launching pumpkins into the ocean, with the longest throw taking home the top prize.

 “This is what we would like to propose to ... put the exclamation point at the end of the summer season and get ready for Winterfest,” he said of the global gourd launching competition, adding the event has “been without a good home” for several years. 

Dawn Thompson of the Punkin Chunkin Association, and a former world champion of the event, has been in talks with Rothermel, who estimated the contest could bring 30,000 people to the resort during the shoulder season.

Rothermel envisioned a setup similar to Springfest and Sunfest, with the inlet lot closed to create a venue to house the catapults and trebuchets used to launch the pumpkins, which can travel more than 4,000 feet. He admitted they were still working on how best to measure the distance of each throw as it splashes into the sea.

For more details, see Friday's edition of Ocean City Today.

Josh Davis is an MDDC award-winning editor and reporter at the Bayside Gazette and Ocean City Today newspapers, covering Berlin and Ocean Pines, Maryland. He is the author of three novels, including 'Vanishing is the Last Art' (2012). He lives in Berlin.

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