High School Teams to Compete in 12th Annual Pumpkin Catapult Contest this Weekend

Area high school technology teams have been working for weeks to design and build trebuchets (pronounced treb-yeh-SHETs) to compete in this weekend’s annual Pumpkin Catapult Contest, as part of The Great Pumpkin Farm’s Fall Festival. Fifteen teams from 13 area schools are scheduled to compete for distance and accuracy and with enough precision to win cash prizes for their schools and prestige for their teams.

Practice shots take place on Saturday, October 21 and the competition starts at 10:00 a.m. on Sunday, October 22, with winners being announced at approximately 4:00 p.m.*

High school teams competing this year on Sunday include:

  • Buffalo Academy of Science
  • Clarence High School
  • Depew High School
  • Forestville Central School District
  • Genesee Valley Central
  • Hamburg Central
  • Harkness Career & Technical Center (2 teams)
  • Henrietta G. Lewis Campus School
  • Holland Central
  • North Tonawanda High School
  • Oakfield Alabama Central School District (2 teams)
  • Pioneer High School
  • Williamsville South High School

A trebuchet is a slingshot-like weapon used in medieval siege warfare that relies only on counterweight – no springs, motors, or agents like gun powder – to hurl large stones or other missiles. In this competition, pumpkins are the “missiles.”

Teams are required to design, build and test their trebuchet using knowledge learned in math, science and technology courses. Trebuchets must be constructed only of wood and the hardware necessary for assembly; no other materials can be used, except for reinforcement of gussets and load-bearing areas, and trebuchets must meet requirements set forth by the rules of the contest.

Cash prizes are awarded for the longest distance shot, highest total combined shots and for “storming the castle”(hitting a target 150 feet away).  All teams receive a plaque for participating.

Students from Depew High School took two of the top three honors last year: Longest Single Throw (483 feet) and Combined Throws (total of 1,396 feet). Nichols School took the Storming the Castle trophy.

Photos from our Pie Eating Contest Weekend

Photos from our Pie Eating Contest Weekend

Hands-free World Pumpkin Pie Eating Competition Highlight This Weekend’s Fall Festival

It’s back by popular demand!  The Hands-free World Pumpkin Pie Eating Competition will take place at 1:00 p.m. this Sunday, October 15, as part of the Fall Festival at the Great Pumpkin Farm in Clarence. Professional eaters from Western New York and around the country will try for a new world record – and compete for cash prizes – in the seventh annual, officially sanctioned Competition, held in conjunction with All Pro Eating Promotions.

The World Pumpkin Pie Eating Competition is a favorite with fans and contestants because hands cannot touch the actual pieces of pie, only the paper plates. And the stakes are high, as contestants try to beat the current world record of 47 pieces of pie (15.25 pounds) consumed in 10 minutes – set in 2015 by Molly Schuyler – to gain the glory of taking their place in history as one of the country’s greatest “All Around” competitive eaters, along with the title of “World Hands-Free Pumpkin Pie Eating Champion.”

Will Schuyler, who also won last year’s competition by eating 42 pieces in 10 minutes and is currently ranked the #1 Female Independent Competitive Eater in the World (according to her Facebook page) or someone else beat her record this year? Find out this weekend! Prizes totaling $1,800 will be awarded, including the $1,000 grand prize.

Other special attractions at the Fall Festival this weekend include:

  • Instrument Petting Zoo An Instrument Petting Zoo is an opportunity for children and adults to experiment with producing sound on a variety of instruments. Certified staff members from the Community Music School will guide children through instruments, showing them how to make sound and keeping in mind the idea that anyone can make music. Saturday, October 14 (only), from noon to 4:00 p.m. (on the outdoor stage)
  • Pig Racing takes place on Saturday and Sunday, with five post times each day:  11:00 a.m.; 12:30 p.m.; 2:00 p.m.; 3:30 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. Guests of all ages will delight in this hilarious, fast-paced event!
  • In Jest Juggling & Comedy Show Comedy, juggling and family fun!  Show times are 1:30 & 3:00 p.m. on Sunday (only) (in the Entertainment Building)
  • Funny Faces Drawing Contest Kids ages three to 14 can compete for prizes in several categories on Saturday and Sunday from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

As with every year at the Fall Festival, there’s something for everyone, including the corn maze, hay maze, magic show, Boo Barn, amusement rides and more. Guests can also purchase pumpkins, gourds, mums and cornstalks and visit the bakery for freshly baked pies, cookies, pastries, candy and cider.

Great Pumpkin Drop Photo Album

Great Pumpkin Drop Photo Album

Pumpkin Drop and Pumpkin Olympics Highlight This Holiday Weekend

When you drop a 1,000-pound pumpkin from a 50-foot crane, it generates a lot of pumpkin guts and seeds.  But it also generates a lot of prizes for 98 lucky pre-selected Kiss 98.5 listeners who will participate in this weekend’s Great Pumpkin Drop, as part of the Fall Festival at the Great Pumpkin Farm in Clarence.

The Great Pumpkin Drop will take place at 12:00 p.m. on Monday, October 9. And if you’ve never witnessed a pumpkin dropped from that height, smash to the ground and explode into millions of tiny pieces, make this the year you visit the Great Pumpkin Farm to see it in person!

Visit www.kiss985.com for more information and complete rules.

The Festival extends an extra day this weekend, thanks to the Columbus Day holiday. Monday, October 9 is Wristband Day.  Guests can purchase a wristband for $18 and enjoy unlimited amusement rides from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Other special attractions at the Fall Festival this weekend include:

Pumpkin Farm Olympics Guests can join in the fun individually or as a team for these pumpkin related Olympic Games: Pumpkin Relay; Pumpkin Dash; Pumpkin Leap; Pumpkin Put; Pumpkin Guts; Skeleton Hunt (take turns running into the pile of hay to find a bone; once all the bones are found, the team that put together the skeleton the fastest correctly wins!) and Pumpkin Bowling. All games run from noon to 5:00 p.m.

In Jest Juggling & Comedy Show Comedy, juggling and family fun!  Show times are 1:30 & 3:00 p.m. Saturday, Sunday and Monday (in the Entertainment Building)

Magic by Mike & Annie This magic experience is full of comedy and audience participation opportunities. Show times Saturday, Sunday and Monday are 11:30 a.m., 1:00, 3:00 & 4:30 p.m. (in the Pumpkin Palace, next to the Cackling Hen Revue). Free with Festival admission.

Awesome Paws Rescue will be at the Festival on Saturday, Sunday and Monday to provide information on rescuing. They will also be taking applications for adoption, and will have dogs available for adoption.

As with every year at the Fall Festival, there’s something for everyone, including the corn maze, hay maze, magic show, Boo Barn, amusement rides and more. Guests can also purchase pumpkins, gourds, mums and cornstalks and visit the bakery for freshly baked pies, cookies, pastries, candy and cider.

Photos from Weekend #3 Activities at the Great Pumpkin Farm

Photos from Weekend #3 Activities at the Great Pumpkin Farm