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Saturday's fair wind helps Punkin Chunkin records fall

Nick Wendel of Buffalo Wing Slinged celebrates after launching into first place in the human-powered division during the second day of the 28th annual World Championship Punkin Chunkin. BY NICK ROTH
November 1, 2013

The 2013 World Championship Punkin Chunkin kicked off Nov. 1. A light crowd braved a windy, misty day in Bridgeville to watch the first round of competition. The weather was perfect on Nov. 2 before a front blew in Nov. 3.

It was a world-record breaking event. American Chunker Inc., from Merrimack, N.H., lived up to its promise made two years ago and shattered the world air cannon record Nov. 2 with a shot of 4,694 feet. With a rare tailwind blowing, nine air cannons eclipsed the 4,000-foot mark.

Last year winner in the trebuchet division, Yankee Siege II, eclipsed its own world record with a Day 2 launch that landed in the campground more than 2,300 feet away.

Frank Shade officially kicked off the competition with opening ceremonies, which included a moment of silence and Punkin Chunkin's version of a 21-gun salute for recently passed founder Joe "Wolfman" Thomas. Each air cannon team took a shot to honor Thomas before family and friends gathered to launch Thomas' Old Glory cannon.