Anyone near Mike Owens farm in Blount County on Oct. 24 had to watch out for flying pumpkins. It was the annual Pumpkinpalooza for Cub Scout Pack 87 from Broadway United Methodist Church.
Den leader Chris Legaux said there were lots of pumpkin games and carving and a pumpkin-chunking contest. “We had a little boy, Todd Hitch, who won when he threw his pumpkin 108 feet. It was impressive to see that little boy throw. He got that thing to go 108 feet, and it weighed 3 to 5 lbs,” Legaux said.
There was also a machine-assisted division and most of the dads were building things. “We had five different machines out there. One was catapult, and we had three trebuchet, which is a different kind of catapult, and one sling shot,” Legaux said. “We shot a 12 lb. pumpkin 275 feet. We also threw a 20 pound 150 feet. It was something to see. We had all kinds of fun.”
About 50 of the 70 boys in the pack were at the event, and there was a total of about 120 who attended. Half of them camped that night. “We had six moms who cooked chili,” Legaux said. “It was a fun afternoon.”