Hobart hosts 8th annual Pumpkin Palooza, Pumpkin Chunkin' Festival

Hobart hosts 8th annual Pumpkin Palooza, Pumpkin Chunkin' Festival
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HOBART, Okla._Do you have what it takes to be a champion pumpkin chunker?

The Hobart Main Street Program is hosting their 8th annual Pumpkin Palooza/Pumpkin Chunkin' Festival at the courthouse square on Saturday, October 17. The pumpkin chunkin' contest is two miles east of Hobart at the corner of Ozark Trail and Highway 183.

The activities on Saturday, October 17:

8:30 a.m. - 5K fun run/walk/bike event
9:00 a.m. - Rods & Rats car show
9:00 a.m. - Craft & food vendors set up
9:30 a.m. - Pumpkin cook-off entries at BancFirst hospitality room
9:30 a.m. - Pumpkin decoration contest & largest pumpkin contest entries
10:00 a.m. - Lil' Mr. & Miss Pumpkin Palooza Pageant (infants to 4 years old)
10:30 a.m. - Pumpkin Palooza games (pumpkin bowling, pumpkin stacking, pumpkin painting, pumpkin bocci, pumpkin pitching and pumpkin balancing)
11:45 a.m. - Drawing from the pumpkin patch for a chance to win more than $700 in prizes plus a free pumpkin for each ticket holder.
12:00 noon - Announcement of winners of games and pumpkin cook-off
12:00 noon - Gate open for pumpkin chunkin' contest

Every Pumpkin Palooza game uses pumpkins in one way or another, and those games will continue until 11:30 p.m. Prizes will be awarded to the winners of each event.

The Hobart Public Library will have a used book sale under the big elm tree north of the courthouse.

The contest to see who can hurl a pumpkin the furthest kicks off with a bang at 2:00 p.m. There will be a variety of methods to see who can chunk their pumpkin the furthest. Catapults, trebuchets and air cannons will make an appearance and can shoot a 10-pound pumpkin up to 3,500 feet. The participants are vying for $3,200 in prize money and will be judged on accuracy and distance. Chunkers will also have a shot for a hole-in-one, which has a $5,000 cash prize.

The event was inspired by the Hobart Main Street Program in order to have an event that is both fun and entertaining, and would provide additional funds for the operation of the program. They wanted to develop a signature event that would continue to grow throughout the years and give everyone something fun to do.