Pumpkins Are Flying in Bridgeville For 28th Annual World Championship Punkin Chunkin

Nov 01, 2013 -- 12:13pm

World Championship Punkin Chunkin is back for another year of sending gourds flying as far as possible.

The competition got underway at 8 o'clock this morning in the field at the Wheatley Farm in Bridgeville. Opening ceremonies will be held at 7 o'clock Saturday and Sunday mornings, and the pumpkins will begin flying at 8. 115 teams are in this year's competition, including one from Australia, and "Bad Hair Day," an all-woman team. Dozens of teams are turned away each year because there simply isn't enough room for all of them.

As part of this year's competition, one of its most popular characters will be remembered. Jim "Wolfman" Thomas will be honored with a 21-air gun salute. Thomas died after crashing his motorcycle in Seaford in August.

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