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"Punkin Chunkin" is a TV special simulcast on both Discovery Channel and Science Channel, is an annual extravaganza where teams (and more than 30 thousand fans) gather in a Delaware cornfield to see whose homemade contraption can propel a pumpkin the farthest.

Pumpkins become projectiles once again with the return of "Punkin Chunkin," the annual special where "man meets machine meets mayhem" that's becoming as much as part of Thanksgiving tradition as turkey, stuffing and cranberry sauce.

This year's event takes viewers behind the firing line, getting up close and personal with the explosive contraptions and personalities that make "Punkin Chunkin" define "gourd glory." No strangers to explosions of all sorts, "Mythbusters"' Kari Byron, Grant Imahara, and Tory Belleci join as hosts of "Punkin Chunkin," going inside the madness to uncover the singular subcultures of these passionate participants. Now in its 26th year of competition, "Punkin Chunkin" has become a pop culture phenomenon, inspiring countless backyard warriors looking to recreate the wacky rituals that make up this autumnal event.

The World Championship Punkin Chunkin Association (WCPCA) hosts the "Punkin Chunkin" event annually in Sussex County Delaware to benefit a number of charitable organizations including St. Jude's Children's Hospital. Science and Discovery film the competition for air every Thanksgiving, showcasing the backyard 'engi-nerds' and basement tinkerers who work year-round fine-tuning the next champion chunker.

The competition is divided into categories defined by the type of machine used; such as air cannons, centrifuges, and colossal catapults. This year continues the chase for the never-before-accomplished feat of launching a pumpkin one full mile. The 2010 Chunk marked the first year in WCPCA history that an all-female team - aptly named "Hormone Blaster" - took home the top trophy. This year promises even more intense, nail-biting excitement as 2009 champions "Big 10 Inch" attempt to dethrone the lady chunkers with other hungry teams at their heels.

"Punkin Chunkin" is produced by Sharp Entertainment. Matt Sharp is executive producer for Sharp Entertainment. For Science, Josh Berkley is executive producer and Bernadette McDaid is vice president of production.


Network: Discovery/Science Channel
Genre: Reality
Premiere Date: November 24, 2011
Production Company: Sharp Entertainment

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