Pumpkin Chuck & Chili Cook-Off

City Stadium
All Ages

About Pumpkin Chuck 

At Lynchburg Parks and Recreation, we believe there are all kinds of ways to find your fun. This event invites citizens of Lynchburg and surrounding areas to design and build their very own pumpkin chucking apparatus and test out their skills in a fun, friendly competition. Members of the community are also invited to show off their culinary skills in a chili cook-off. In addition to the competition there will be various food vendors, beer, live music from Bo-Zac, and fun activities for all ages, including mini pumpkin chucks for the kiddos. Prizes will be awarded to the winners in both competitions, and admission for all spectators is free of charge. Event will be held rain or shine.

This event is FREE to attend and will be held at the Special Events Area at Lynchburg City Stadium, from 11:00am–4:00pm on Saturday, 11/4/2017.


Event Sponsors

Thank you to our title sponsor Layman Family Farms who is supplying all of the pumpkins for this year’s chuck!


Become a Sponsor

For those interested, we have outlined three levels of sponsorship for Pumpkin Chuck 2017 in the document linked below. These levels range from $100 – $1000 in cost, with benefits ranging from social media promotion of your organization, to logo and name recognition on marketing materials and at the event. If you have any questions regarding this document, contact Kellie Reynolds, Community Recreation Programmer, at kellie.reynolds@Lynchburgva.gov or (434) 455–5873.

Pumpkin Chuck Sponsorship Opportunities


Become a Vendor 

Lynchburg Parks & Recreation is accepting submissions from vendors and businesses for Pumpkin Chuck 2017! Various businesses and vendors from the Lynchburg and surrounding area are encouraged to apply. If you would like to apply to vend at the Pumpkin Chuck, please fill out the online application linked below. This fee can be paid online here, or in person at Miller Center. Fee includes one parking pass, one 10×10 tent space, one 6’ table and one chair. Please specify any additional accommodations you will need on the vendor application. 


Vendor Application     Pay Vendor Fee


Pumpkin Chuck Competition

Get a team together to build a homemade catapult, slingshot, or pumpkin hurling apparatus  to show off  at Pumpkin Chunk, the ultimate fall competition. Let’s see how far you can make those jack-o-lanterns fly! If you are interested in competing the in the Pumpkin Chuck competition, please thoroughly read the rules and regulations and fill out the application linked below. The $35 registration fee includes parking passes for everyone on your team, a 10′ x 10′ VIP tent space for your team to hang out during the event and show off your device.  The deadline to register is October 17, 2017.

Pumpkin Chuck Application, Rules & Regulations    Pay $35 Entry Fee


Chili Cook-Off

If you’ve got a wicked good chili recipe you think will also soar past the competition, enter the chili contest! If you are interested in competing the in the Chili Cook-Off competition, please thoroughly read the rules and regulations and fill out the application linked below. The $15 registration fee includes one parking pass, one 10′ x 10′ tent space, one 6′ table and one chair.  The deadline to register is October 15, 2017.

Application, Rules & Regulations    Pay $15 Entry Fee



There will be four categories of awards for this year’s Pumpkin Chuck event.

  1. Distance: The machine firing the greatest distance will receive a reward. The center of the bullseye is exactly 250ft from the launch zone. Please keep in mind that this is the furthest distance allowed due to safety and space limitations.
  2. Creativity & Design: Scores will be based on creative machine design as well as team presentation. Points will be awarded for creative design, use of unusual materials, eccentricity, theming, etc.
  3. Accuracy: Participants will be rated on accuracy pending their ability to hit the bullseye target located in the center of the launch field, on the ground, with approximately 250 ft. Participants will be rated on whoever can hit or come the closest to hitting the bullseye.
  4. Popular Vote: The crowd will vote by applause.


Event Map

Coming soon.



Parking is available at City Stadium lot and on street as available. Vendors, participants, and sponsors will receive a special VIP parking pass and will be directed to parking areas upon arrival. Anyone parking in the VIP parking area without a pass will be subject to towing. Shuttles will be available for attendees who need assistance getting from the parking lot to the event area. 

Contact: Kellie Reynolds  |  Community Recreation Programmer, Miller Center  |  Phone: (434) 455–5873  |  Email: kellie.reynolds@lynchburgva.gov