Views From The Mountains: Come Chunk A Punkin' In Hayesville NC - 2012

Come Chunk A Punkin' In Hayesville NC - 2012





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 4th Annual Punkin’ Chunkin’ Festival in Hayesville, North Carolina.


Sponsored by the Clay County NC Chamber of Commerce, this two-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


Comment balloon 3 commentsBill & Cyndi Daves • October 19 2012 05:08AM


Hey Bill and Cyndi, wish I lived closer this actually looks like a pretty fun event to see, even more to be part of :) Have a great weekend!

Posted by Laura Cerrano, Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher (Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island) over 7 years ago

Hi Cyndi, Punkin Chunkin sounds like a blast...but a bit messy too.  Hope you'll get photos.

Posted by Mona Gersky, GRI,IMSD-Taking the mystery out of real estate. (MoonDancer Realty, Dillsboro,NC) over 7 years ago

I'm with Mona... I hope you go and get tons of pics to share with us.  Back when I was a punk teenager I smashed a few pumpkins but this sounds like a ton of good ole fashion fun!

Posted by John McCormack, CRS, Honesty, Integrity, Results, Experienced. HIRE Me! (Albuquerque Homes Realty) over 7 years ago

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