OCTOBER 21 - 23, 2011

If you’re looking for something fun and unusual to do one weekend in October, then perhaps you should head to the mountains and plan to attend the Annual Punkin’ Chunkin’ Festival in Clay County, North Carolina.

Punkin Chunkin Festival


Sponsored by the Clay County NC Chamber of Commerce, this three-day event will feature live music and entertainment, mountain craft vendors, food (of course), a Chili Cook-Off, an Anything Punkin’ Bake-off and, needless to say, lots of chunkin’ of the punkins!!!

Punkin Chunkin Festival

So, exactly WHAT IS Punkin’ Chunkin’ you ask??  It started in 1986 when a group of men in a Delaware blacksmith shop began to argue about who could throw something the farthest.  The challenge was on and the men began to create their machines.  In November of that year the first Punkin’ Chunkin’ contest was held with three teams and limited spectators.  The event grew and spread into other areas.  The World Champion Punkin Chunkin Association (WCPCA) was formed and last year thousands of teams competed in sanctionedPunkin Chunkin Festival events across the continent.  There’s even an authorized book that details the History of Punkin Chunkin’.


What do you use to chunk a punkin??  

Whatever contraption, similar to a trebuchet, you can dream up and build to catapult your punkin the longest distance and take home the coveted trophy.

Punkin Chunkin Festival

As you can just imagine

some of the contraptions are pretty outrageous.Punkin Chunkin Festival





Hayesville, the seat of Clay County, is just a short 15 mile drive from Murphy, NC and only about 9 miles from Hiawasssee, Georgia.  So there's plenty to do and see while you're here.  Give us a call or email us and we'll be happy to make recommendations for lodging or tell you about great places to eat.

Don’t miss out on the fun this year - go Punkin' Chunkin'!  

Bill and Cyndi



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Comment balloon 3 commentsBill & Cyndi Daves • October 02 2011 10:53AM


You did a great job with this post.  It's colorful, tells the story and makes me want to get down there!

Posted by Don Sabinske, Sabinske & Associates Inc. (Don Sabinske, Sabinske & Associates Inc.) over 5 years ago

Don - Thank you.  I enjoy being creative with the posts and try to do exactly what you said - make you want to come to the event.   If you haven't been to a Punkin' Chunkin' check and see if there's one being held this month in your area!


Posted by Bill & Cyndi Daves, TeamDAVES - Your REALTORS In the GA/NC Mountains! (Hiawassee, Young Harris, Blairsville, Hayesville, Murphy and Beyond!) over 5 years ago

Oh that would be so much fun to watch! I hope you get video this year and post it!

Posted by Sussie Sutton, UTR TEXAS Realtors - Rep for buyers and sellers. (UTR Texas Realtors) over 5 years ago

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