Tuesday, September 9, 2014

VT Pumpkin Chuckin' Festival News & Announcements

Updated: Sept. 12, 2014
Defending champ is not defending.

Dwight Snowberger, two-time Grand prize winner from Connecticut is not able to defend his title at this year's festival, because he is working in England. A new champion will be crowned!

The smart money is on Team Jordan which has come in 2nd twice, making them very hungry. Dark horse teams are: Nick Helms (5x competitor), Cambridge Cub Scouts (5x competitor), Chris McGrody (Heavyweight winner 2013), Plattsburgh Physics (Grand prize winner 2011), Cambridge Boy Scouts (Middleweight winner 2011).
Entertainment will include three bands featuring House Dunn, a bounce house and other kid activities, Nightmare Vermont roaming the field with scary creatures, food, beer, wine, chili cook-off, and popcorn. Here are some details you should know before you head out.
  • Free parking. Just before the Sunset Grill on Cottage Club Road. Look for signs on Rt 100 or Mountain Road in Stowe.
  • Handicap parking at event field.
  • Free shuttle from parking area to event field (if a ¼ mile walk is too taxing)
  • Please no dogs or outside food or beverages.

11am: Gates open for spectators. John Smyth, a singer/songwriter performs while you check out the trebuchet teams preparing for competition.

12:15pm the Chili Cook-off Contest begins. For $5 you can sample the chili and vote for 1st, 2nd and 3rd. Best chili get $100, 2nd gets $50, 3rd get $25.

12:15 Festival introduction: Founder, Dave Jordan, will explain with a trebuchet is, discuss motivation for festival, weight classes, design concepts.

12:30: First round: The MC starts with the Lightweight Division and asks each team to fire their weapon when ready. The teams have 1 minute to fire, then the MC moves to the next team. After all the lightweights have fired, we move to the Middleweights, and onto the Heavyweights, then we take a break to hear some excellent music by House Dunn.

1:30: Second round: Same as first round. Ball Hammock band plays.

2:30: Third round: Same as second. House Dunn band plays.

3:30: Announce winners and awards prizes. Grand prize of Best Design get $100, the winners of each division get $50.

Lamoille Family Center will sponsor kid activities during 12:30 to 3:30. Most of the activities will be free, or with a nominal fee to cover expenses. There will be a bounce house. Also Nightmare Vermont has volunteered to provide scary creatures to enhance the event.

Stoweflake Resort will serve food, beer and wine. You can also sample the chili and help vote for the winners. Stowe Youth Hockey will also be selling popcorn.
Notes for trebuchet competitors:

Registration starts at 10am, Sunday, Sept 28, 2014. Trebuchet teams can set up the day before on the Stoweflake Event field (Saturday), if desired. All trebuchets must be weighed and measured for registration, so please don't leave them staked down until after they are registered. The heavyweights are difficult because it takes 4 people to lift them and put them on the scales. Also all pumpkins must be weighed to make sure they are heavy enough. Please bring your own pumpkins, at least 3, 1 for each round. Round 1 starts at 12:30. You have 1 minute to fire your weapon.

Please be ready to fire when your turn comes so we can keep things moving along. Each division has their own tournament, $50 goes to the winner, with trophies being awarded to 1st, 2nd and 3rd place. The 4 winners compete for the grand prize based on who threw the farthest after being adjusted for their height. The Grand prize winners gets an extra $50 bringing their prize money to $100. The last 4 years, the Middleweight Open Division has won the Grand Prize.

Any questions or to sign up contact Dave Jordan via email at Djordan@gmavt.net to let me know you are planning on competing and which division (Heavyweight, Middleweight Open, Middleweight Junior, Lightweight). Don't send any money. It is easier to collect the money on Sunday. Each competitor pays $5. Each spectator over 4 years old, also pays $5. So anybody coming into the festival pays $5.
Notes for chili cook-off competitors:

Be ready to serve at 12:15pm. Bring at least 2 gallons of chili to be judged. Tables, electricity and tents will be provided. Bring your own chairs, if desired. Spoons and bowls will be provided. Citizen's choice, the public will vote for 1st, 2nd and 3rd. First place gets $100, 2nd gets $50 and 3rd gets $25.

Any questions or to sign up contact Deb Papineau at Deb's Place (deb@debsplace.com)

There are only 19 days until the 6th Annual Vermont Pumpkin Chuckin' Festival

Saturday, September 6, 2014

The Chili Cook-off Contest Update

Chili Cook-off at Vermont Pumpkin Chuckin' Festival
For the second year in a row there will be a savory Chili Cook-off contest at this year's 6th Vermont Pumpkin Chuckin' Festival, Sunday, September 28th, 2014, at Stoweflake Mountain Resort, Stowe, VT.

People's Choice Chili Cook-off Contest

Chili Cook-off: For $5 the public can get a sample of each competitors concoction and vote for first, second and third place. First place gets $100, second get $50 and third gets $25. To compete, bring 2 gallons of chili to the event. Chili Cook-off competitors receive free admission to the Festival, free exposure for your chili, and a chance of winning prize money. 
    Deb Papineau, is the owner Deb's Place in Morrisville. And she has graciously agreed to run the Chili Cook-off this year. Deb was the winner of last year's competition, but will not be competing this year. So the competition will be wide open to anyone with a great chili recipe and and a dream.

    To register, or for more information, email Deb Papineau at deb@debsplaceinfo.com.

    Time: The Chili competitors have to be ready to start serving their chili at 12:15 pm. So please plan accordingly.
    Chili Cook-off Rules (updated 9/12/14):
    1. Contact Deb Papineau via email to register or ask questions: email: deb@debsplaceinfo.com
    2. Each competitor must supply 2 gallons of chili to be judged by the people.
    3. Entry is free for the competitor and up to 4 of his team to the competition and festival. Any more than 5 in a team will be charged $5 to get into the festival.
    4. Electricity will be provided. Tents will be provided. Portable burners are allowed.
    5. Event goes on rain or shine, so come prepared with a canopy.
    6. Seating: Not provided, bring your own, if desired.
    7. The Chili cook-off competitors have to be ready to start serving their chili at 12:15 pm.
    8. Bowls, spoons and samplers will be provided.

    Wednesday, August 27, 2014

    Top 5 Pumpkin Festivals in New England

    Yankee Magazine -- top Pumpkin Festivals in New England, VT Pumpkin Chuckin' rules

    Thanks Yankee Magazine for the shout out. See their Fall issue, page 26, for the run down of the top Pumpkin Festivals in New England. Thank you everyone, VT Pumpkin Chuckin' made the cut.

    Wednesday, August 20, 2014

    Here Comes the 6th Annual Vermont Pumpkin Chuckin' Festival

    Stoweflake Resort and Spa to Host 6th Annual “Vermont Pumpkin Chuckin' Festival”

    Proceeds of Sept. 28th, 2014 Event to Benefit the Lamoille Family Center

    Stowe, Vermont, Aug. 19, 2014 – It is again time to get your pumpkin chuckin' trebuchet (gravity powered catapult) ready for the 6th Annual Vermont Pumpkin Chuckin' (VTPC) Festival. Mark your calendar for Sunday, September 28th, 2014 at the Stoweflake Resort and Spa in Stowe, Vermont. The VTPC Festival is a fun, family event sponsored by the Stoweflake Resort and Spa and other local sponsors. The event benefits the Lamoille Family Center, which has a thirty-eight year history of supporting Lamoille Valley families through early care, and educational services, home visiting, parent education, playgrounds, child care resource and referral, youth services, and emergency assistance. The event gives kids and adults a chance to build something with their hands and compete; a cross between a shot put contest and a Soap Box Derby.

    The Festival runs from 11am to 4pm, and features three rounds of competitive pumpkin chuckin' at 12:30pm, 1:30pm and 2:30pm, with awards shortly after the last round. No dogs or outside food or beverage are allowed at the event. Admission to the Festival is $5 for ages 5 and over, free for 4 and under. Parking is free. Food, beer and wine will be sold by Stoweflake. Chili will also be available via a chili cookoff.

    The Festival is a one-day event where Do-It-Yourself mechanical wizards of all ages attempt to launch pumpkins as far as possible with their trebuchets, a type of medieval siege weapon. The event has grown in size every year with over 2000 spectators last year. Last year nineteen teams from Vermont, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Connecticut and New York competed in four different categories at the VTPC Festival.
    Along with the pumpkin chuckin’ contest comes music, children’s activities, a bounce house, chili cook-off, and great food; all creating an enjoyable fall day. Music for this year's festival will again be provided by three bands; House Dunn, Ball Hammock and the duo Jen and John, which will be performing periodically from 11am to 4pm.
    The festival has four categories of competition: Lightweight, Middleweight Junior, Middleweight Open and Heavyweight. Each category has height and weight limits to level the playing field.
    Dave Jordan, enthusiastic founder (and competitor) of the festival says: "This is a fun competition modeled after the Soap Box Derby. The four categories each have their own mini-tournament and the four winners get a trophy, and $50 cash. The four winning teams then compete for the Grand Prize of Best Design. The Grand prize is awarded to the team that throws the farthest after adjusting for their trebuchet's height. The Grand prize winner gets an extra $50 cash and first choice of the prizes provided by local sponsors.”

    It costs $5 to enter the competition (or to spectate). For the specifications, rules, and entry information please visit the festival's website (http://vtpumpkinchuckin.blogspot.com/) for details.

    Chili Cook-off: For $5 the public can get a sample of each competitor's concoction and vote for first, second and third place. First place gets $100, second get $50 and third gets $25. To compete, bring 2 gallons of chili to the event. Competitors receive free admission to the Festival, free exposure for their chili, and a chance of winning prize money. Last year's winner, Deb Papineau has volunteered to run the cookoff and not compete. To register, or for more information, email Deb at deb@debsplaceinfo.com. 
    INFO visit the festival's website at vtpumpkinchuckin.blogspot.com or contact the festival organizer Dave Jordan, Email: Djordan@GMAVT.net, phone (603) 630-4800
    To volunteer to help at the 6th VTPC, please contact Dave Jordan

    Monday, January 13, 2014

    World domination through leverage artillery!

    The above title is the slogan from the Eastvale Trebuchet Works. Check them out on Facebook, they have lots of action videos and other useful information.

    ETW Mission:
    To advance the state of the hurling arts through research and development and by providing advice or tutoring to those in need.
    A great looking championship west coast machine/team that has competed in pumpkin hurling events in California (Cal Fullerton's Pumpkin Launch), Arizona (Tucson Pumpkin Toss), and New Mexico.

    Eastvale Trebuchet Works

    Eastvale Trebuchet Works

    Eastvale Trebuchet Works

    also on Facebook:
    Southwest Catapults, Pumpkin Chuckers, and Siege Engineers

    • This group is for the promotion and discussion of catapulting in all its various forms, by and for people primarily living in, but not limited to, the southwestern United States.

    Sunday, December 29, 2013

    Happy Holidays

    Kay Smith / Ordnance Society / Twitter:
    A wonderful image of the #Middelaldercentret #trebuchet in the snow - a masterpiece of old and new technologies.