Fall Harvest APEGNB Pumpkin Fling Poster

Posted: August 17, 2016

Miramichi’s premier Fall Harvest APEGNB pumpkin flinging contest is Back!

Target shoot with pumpkins, zipline guords,  duild war machines, drone flying, judge chilli, and more!

Who: Elementary, middle and high school students from the Anglophone/Francophone North School District will compete in a pumpkin flinging contest. The public is welcomed to cheer on the participants and observe the pumpkin flinging flying fun.

When: Saturday September 24, 2016 

Where: Downtown Chatham waterfront, Miramichi NB

The annual Fall Harvest will feature the APEGNB Pumpkin Fling is hosted by the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of New Brunswick in partnership with Sunny Corner Enterprises and NBCC Miramichi. This event allows APEGNB to promote engineering in a fun and creative way.

Each student purchases pumpkins with specific numbers that identify the participant. When the time comes they approach the firing station and trigger an air release valve that fires the cannon and launches the pumpkin into the air. Students are asked to provide aiming directions during this time so they have an interactive input to the trajectory of their pumpkin. A floating target serves as the intended splash point and is located about 500 ft. from the shore.

For the past 13 years the "APEGNB Pumpkin Fling" has been a fun educational event for students with Pumpkin Plinko, Guord Coaster, Pumpkin Toss and Angry Pumpkins.  Using the large Cannon there is a prize awarded for the shot closest to the target and to second and third runners up, as well as a trophy for the "worst shot". A second contest, for schools only, will be the Mini-trebuchet contest for cash prizes of $1,000, $500 and $250.   The winning school will be the recipient of the Fancy Pumpkin Fling Trophy.

This event has expanded to include other activities such as Pumpkin Zipline, Pumpkin Face Painting, and the Chatham Rotary Club’s Chili Cook-Off. Money raised during the event is donated to the STEMnorth science labs inners in area schools.