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Inside The World’s Craziest Pumpkin-Launching Machines

Cannons and catapults send fruit flying to raise money for children's medical research

The pumpkins are ready for launch.

Fans numbering in the tens of thousands will converge November 4-6 on a 600-acre farm in Bridgeville, Delaware, to watch pumpkins sail across the sky. The fruit will fly in multiple ways—some by trebuchet, others by catapult, others still by human-powered machines (where someone might, say, pedal a bike to power up the launch).

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