In 2017 we will be celebrating the 8th annual Pumpkin Sling. It will be the second one to be held at Picatinny Arsenal. While the event has moved from location to location, and now even possibly undergoing a name change, the spirit of the event started in 2010 in White Township, NJ.
The event started as the Last Fling Pumpkin Sling, because it was designed as the last celebration of the harvest before we went into the winter. The organization made an attempt to raise money to promote Warren County NJ even more, as well as establishing scholarships in the same spirit of the original Punkin Chunkin in Delaware.
It quickly outgrew its original location in White Township and moved to a large hay field in Harmony Township on Montana Mountain. After three years there the Farmland Presevation police showed up and told the kids they were having too much fun and accused oranizers of breaking rules that they made up as they went along. Everyone thougth it would really be the last "Last Fling Pumpkin Sling."
For several years the group rented the Pocono Raceway. Lack of funding and support prohibited another year at the racetrack. But determined that it not be the last, Last Fling Pumpkin Sling, the group searched for a new location yet again.
In 2016 the group was invited by Picatinny Arsenal's STEM office to organize the event at their military base in New Jersey. So the Pumpkin Sling landed back in New Jersey. The only drawback was that the event was closed to the public. But the experience for the youth involved to work with some of the best engineering minds was priceless. The group has been invited back to Picatinny for 2017 and they are contemplating a name change. Pumpkin Sling at Picatinny or perhaps Punkin' Dunkin'? Stay tuned...