HOWELL, Mich. (AP) - Most people prefer them baked in pies or decoratively carved.
But for Bruce Bradford, the preferred method of serving up pumpkin is to have it shot out of an air cannon. After all, that's how he became the world champion of Punkin Chunkin - a sport where winning is a matter of distance, not taste.
This Halloween, Bradford will defend his title at the Punkin Chunkin World Championship in Delaware's Sussex County. His team triumphed in the air cannon division last year after the pumpkin they shot out of their cannon sailed 4,594 feet - nearly nine-tenths of a mile.
"It's something to do," Bradford told The Daily Oakland Press. "It looked interesting. It was a challenge."
The sport began in the late 1990s in Delaware. The objective is to see who can shoot, propel or fling a pumpkin weighing between seven to 10 pounds the farthest.
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Published: Thu Oct 30, 2003 | Modified: Sat Aug 06, 2005 05:32 p.m.