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Jack-O-Launch at PumpkinFest
by Stormy on October 13, 2001

It's a day of partying and debauchery hosted by the government. How could you possibly go wrong?

Today had to be one of the strangest days of my short life so far! We saw humans dressed in funny looking outfits shoot something they referred to as "gourds" into the air. Pumpkins would be launched from various contraptions, sail through the air and crash to the ground in an explosion of pulp, sending pumpkin innards all over the place! Amazingly, this waste of perfectly good squash inspired cheers of approval from the crowd! PumpkinFest is an annual free fall celebration hosted by the City of Aurora at the historic DeLaney Farm near city center. It attracts thousands of visitors to explore vendor booths, play in a pumpkin patch, sample food, listen to live music, take hay rides and, of course, watch the pumpkin launch. Come early to reserve your spot along the fence because this is a very popular event! Teams compete for distance and accuracy when launching pumpkins. There is a lot of showmanship and theatrics involved in the hurling of pumpkins. This is a very fun, festive event to attend and while it can be a touch strange, it's guaranteed to be entertaining for all ages.

A pumpkin is launched from a crossbow.
(taken by Jennifer on October 13, 2001)
A pumpkin is launched from a catapult.
(taken by Jennifer on October 13, 2001)
Stormy on a Colorado Lottery bug.
(taken by Jennifer on October 13, 2001)
Stormy waiting to try some Pepsi.
(taken by Jennifer on October 13, 2001)
Stormy on a Rural Metro ambulance chartered to the City of Aurora.
(taken by Jennifer on October 13, 2001)
Stormy hanging out on a Colpar Hobbies van.
(taken by Jennifer on October 13, 2001)
Stormy tries to peek inside the Warner Brothers van.
(taken by Jennifer on October 13, 2001)
There's always an Aurora Police car around to sun on.
(taken by Jennifer on October 13, 2001)
The DeLaney Farm is an Aurora landmark.
(taken by Jennifer on October 13, 2001)
Stormy checks out the 99.5 FM "Hawk" van.
(taken by Jennifer on October 13, 2001)
After a hard day, Stormy is ready for a good meal.
(taken by Jennifer on October 13, 2001)


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