South Dakota Mines holds its annual Pumpkin Chunkin event

RAPID CITY, S.D. — Saturday launched another annual Pumpkin Chunkin event hosted by South Dakota Mines in Memorial Park.

The pumpkins started flying at 10:30 a.m. with students of South Dakota Mines, Douglas High School and South Middle School being tasked with building catapults or trebuchets that would fling the pumpkins.

The team that comes closest to hitting the 100, 200 and 300 foot marks took home some hardware.

Organizers say a key purpose of the event has turned into keeping the younger generation active and learning.

“We’re getting out, it’s high school outreach and now a middle school team is here, so Douglas High School and South Middle School want to be with us cool college kids so, so many, so many awesome ways we have grown and perfected it,” said Kimberly Osberg of South Dakota Mines.

The South Dakota Mines robotics team took home the pumpkin trophy hardware with a combined score of 983 points.

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