Plans to return the annual World Championship Punkin’ Chunkin’ to Delaware have fallen apart like a jack o’ lantern in mid-November.
Organizers say due to the COVID-19 pandemic and uncertainty surrounding it, they could not commit to holding a traditional championship this year.
Punkin’ Chunkin’ announced earlier this year it was looking for a suitable location in the region, but the search ground to a halt before any significant progress was made.
At the most recent competition in Sussex County several years, a contractor with a television crew was seriously injured when a pumpkin-flinging device exploded.
Organizers hint there may be a revised plan in the works to allow for some sort of chunkin’ competition that does not involve a mass gathering.