Pumpkin Hurling in Busti, New York
October 10, 1999
The Busti Volunteer Fire Company sponsored it's 6th annual Punkin Hurling contest to help raise funds for the fire company. The fire house was nice enough to put us up for the night and gave us a great spaghetti dinner the night before the contest. A special thanks to Chet Ellis and John Siggins for all their hospitality.
The contestants in the catapult division set up their machines.
Gregg Bradstock of Team Carbo checks out the competition.
Team Carbo gets the Onager ready. As usual, the Onager appears dwarfed by the much taller competition - but we have learned that looks can be deceiving and besides - size doesn't matter!
Hypertension - a long time rival of the Onager - also gets ready for the competition.
Gene's Machine - World Champs - prepare their machine. Their design is simple yet very effective - extension springs which power the arm - and a long sling on the end of the arm to hurl the pumpkin.
Onager gets off a shot - you can see the pumpkin - it's that dot at the top center of the picture.
Chet Ellis has his own toy air cannon - he calls it Common Sense.
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