Newburyport Daily News
---- — AMESBURY — A World Championship Pumpkin Chucking catapult will be displaying its power on Sunday, Sept. 29, at Amesbury Sports Park.
This catapult was built by Chip Hersey and Perry Stone and is known as the Mischief Knight. This team placed second in the World Championship Punkin Chunkin contest in 2009. Hersey will carry out the duties of catapult operator this year due to the unexpected death of fellow catapulter Perry Stone. Sadly Perry, 53, passed away suddenly while out on a bike ride.
The venue of the 4th Annual Pumpkin Chucking Fest will be used to demonstrate the chucking techniques and honor a tradition that Perry started many years ago.
The Pumpkin Chucking Fest is a free admission, family fall festival that will feature Don’t Call Me Shirley for live entertainment, kids games, small petting zoo, doughnut eating, face-painting, train rides and raffles. There will be many autographed items from the Boston Red Sox and gift certificates and baskets from local businesses. There will be food and beverages for sale throughout the day. Cider Hill’s famous cider doughnuts will be on sale too.
Amesbury Sports Park is located at 12 South Hunt Road. The pumpkin chucking event runs from 1-5 p.m. There will be plenty of free parking and easy access to all activities. The catapult will be chucking pumpkins to the top of the hill. In the event of rain, the Sports Park has a building that will house all the activities while the Mischief Knight team catapults the pumpkins, so the event will be held rain or shine.