Pittstown residents get a taste of Punkin' Chunkin'

If you never thought pumpkins could fly, think again.

At the Flying Pumpkin Festival in Pittstown on Saturday, one family demonstrated how they catapult pumpkins hundreds of feet into the air.

"Fire in the hole! Fire in the hole! Fire in the hole!" yells out Glenn Battschinger, of Gallowsay. The Battschinger family gave those at the festival a taste of Punkin' Chunkin', in which the fruit is hurled by machine.

"We found these great Frisbee-style pumpkins, and they're going about a hundred feet farther than this thing has ever chunked a punkin' before," Battschinger says.

Laura Sluyter helped organize the event to raise money for America's Grow-A-Row, a group that grows produce and donates it to food pantries across New Jersey.

"This year their goal is 250,000 pounds of produce, so they're doing a lot to help the community," Sluyter says.

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