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Morton Times-News - Morton, IL
  • Punkin' Chuckin' contest called off

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  • The 16th Morton Punkin' Chuckin' Contest, scheduled for Saturday, was canceled Thursday because of wet grounds.
     
    "The farm field is full of water and it's still raining," said Susan Pyles of the Morton Tourism Association, which hosts the event.
     
    "Even though we're supposed to have great weather Saturday, the field won't be dry by then."
     
    This is the second time in four years Punkin' Chuckin' has been called off because of weather. In 2009, heavy summer rains delayed harvesting in the field.
     
    About 20 pumpkin-throwing teams were expected to compete Saturday in the field at the corner of Allentown and Springfield roads in rural Pekin. The field has been the site of the contest since 2002.
     
    Besides watching pumpkins fly, spectators were expected to enjoy county fair-style carnival rides, games and food, participate in a hand-tossed pumpkin throwing competition, and visit a U-pick pumpkin patch.
     
    Pyles said all the teams have been invited by pumpkin throwers from Girard to throw pumpkins Saturday in a large gravel area in Girard, which is about 30 miles south of Springfield. An annual pumpkin throwing competition is held at the site.
     
    For directions to the Girard contest area, go to www.mortonmagnet.com.
     
    The tourism association runs Punkin' Chuckin' with help from members of the Morton Kiwanis Club, Morton Knights of Columbus and Morton Masonic Lodge.
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