Along with many cancellations due to the pandemic, a local fire company is refusing to completely forget about one of its annual fundraising events. Year after year, Howard Fire Company hosts the annual Punkin Chunkin.
A long-time tradition of launching pumpkins through the air looked a little different this year. The virtual event still attracted hundreds to the Howard Fire Company’s live Facebook stream. “It’s not an official Punkin’ Chunkin event It’s just friends getting together to launch a few pumpkins today,” says George Demchak, festival founder. They had launchers come from all over, including places like North Carolina. Festival or not. “It blows my mind because I pitched this idea to the fire company, and I really expected if we had two or three launching machines,” says Demchak.
This is typically the fire company’s biggest fundraiser and while it may not be the launching pad it usually is, they still wanted to have some safe fall fun. “We will be at a loss this year for not holding the festival. It’s Impactful when we aren’t going to have that money. You just have to tighten your belt and go from there,” says Demchak. They set up a donation button on their Facebook page for community members to donate if able. Organizers say they hope to come back even bigger and better come next year on October 16th, 2021.