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On Saturday, the Ely Lions Club will again play host to the Punkin Chunkin event beginning at 10 a.m. at White Pine County Park.

The air is crisp, the leaves are on the ground, and Halloween is almost a week away. What better way to spend a Saturday then pulverizing a pumpkin with a medieval destructive prowess?

The Ely Lions Club will be hosting its 5th annual Punkin Chunkin event beginning at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 21, at White Pine County Park,  844 Aultman St.

Different age groups are set up for the contests. The mission is for teams to sling a pumpkin at a stationary target with the most accuracy. Build your own trebuchet and test out your skills.

Registration is $25, you can enter the day of the contest. You could win a $500 cash prize. All proceeds from this event stay in the community.

Food vendors, carnival games, and music will all be part of the events. A pumpkin patch where you can purchase a pumpkin paint it, enter it into the contest or simply take it home for the upcoming Halloween festivities will also be available.

Ms. Viv’s Dance Studio will also be surprising the crowd with a flash mob.  This year there will be a few new events added to their schedule, a candy drop from one of the trebuchet’s and a special pumpkin toss by local mascots.

Stop in check it out, you just might see the White Pine Bobcat competing against Smoky the Bear, squishing a squash, or wiping the smile off a Jack-O-Lantern.