January 9, 2012 by Tim Samson in


So I’ve realized I’ve taken quite a few road trips lately. Sometimes I fly, but overall at some point I’m driving somewhere on a whim to see something unique. You may recall that Lindsey and I went to Indiana for the Golden Tickets Awards back in September then continued on to the City museum in St Louis. But what I have realized is that there is inspiration just about everywhere and there might be just one thing to bring back to the piers to make them even more unique. All of us here are always looking for the next new idea, big or small.

Pumpkin Chunkin’

Jack has been talking about doing something similar in Wildwood for years. I thought, “what is he smoking? Flying pumpkins…” One brisk fall afternoon a few of us from the office decided to take the trek over to Sussex County, Delaware to check out what this all was about. All I can say is WOW! If you’ve never been, you need to go! It’s quite the experience! Be prepared to walk a mile or so after you park in the middle of a field to get close enough to see what all the excitement is about. The purpose oh Pumpkin Chunkin’ is to launch, shoot or sling a 8 lb pumpkin as far as you can, with many going nearly a mile!

It’s quite amazing and many times they miss-fire, making ground pumpkin pie. You may think, “well how can this relate to Morey’s Piers?”  Well,  it’s basically the Screamin’ Swing and Sky Scraper launching pumpkins, so there is a similarity, but above all it’s super cool, unique and kind of tacky, which in itself is part of the piers. Were proud of tackiness wink

The biggest take away for me as it relates to the piers and waterparks is the fact that sometimes things don’t need to be high tech to be fun; they just are fun plain and simple.

The food was awesome and the crowd of about 30,000 people were fun and energetic. Unfortunately for Jack, I don’t think we have enough room to pull it off, but I wouldn’t mind putting a Morey’s Piers Pumpkin Chunkin’ team together.

We all had a great weekend and realized that much like the boardwalk, the sum of the whole is greater than its parts. There are things that make both Pumpkin Chunkin’ and Wildwood good, but all of the pieces together make both GREAT! Next Stop… Nashville!


Wildwood, NJ says:

January 10, 2012 at 10:54 am

The popularity of Pumpkin Chunkin’ has really grown.  The tailgating / party atmosphere really attracts a crowd.  Could you launch objects into the ocean?

Sandman says:

January 10, 2012 at 1:58 pm

I don’t think you could launch items into the ocean that you were not going to pick up as that is littering but maybe you could use a section of the beach and have restrictions on the flight.  Maybe you could use a local farm, park, or area similar and then have the awards back on the piers.

Tim says:

January 11, 2012 at 7:41 pm

It would be great to do it on the beach, it’s impressive how far they go, it’s a great event and tons of fun, I’ll go back next year, we talked about the ocean before, but I don’t think we could launch pumpkins into it, maybe some day we can figure out something similar that is distinctly wildwood

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