Vermont Pumpkin Chuckin’ Festival
The 11th Annual Vermont Pumpkin Chuckin’ (VTPC) Festival will take place Sunday, September 29 in Stowe. VTPC Festival was awarded the top fall festival in the nation by USA Today!
This festival celebrates the sport of “chuckin’” pumpkins, for distance, using a do-it-yourself constructed trebuchet, which is a gravity-powered catapult. The event is a great opportunity for kids of all ages to build something with their hands and engage in some family friendly competition.
The day includes pumpkin chuckin’ contests, music, a chili cook-off, and kids activities; all creating an enjoyable fall day. Music for this year’s festival will be provided by two bands: House Dunn and John Smyth. No preregistration is required for the trebuchet contest or chili cook-off. There is plenty of time to build a fine trebuchet, or prepare your best chili for the chili cook off.
The VTPC Festival is a one-day event and is sponsored by Stoweflake Mountain Resort and Spa and many other local sponsors. The event benefits the Clarina Howard Nichols Center. Founded in 1981, the Center works to end domestic and sexual violence in Lamoille County.
Admission is $10 to enter the festival if you are a spectator or trebuchet competitor, but you get in free if you make 2 gallons of chili and compete in the chili cook-off. Food, beer and wine will be sold by Stoweflake. No dogs, outside food or beverage are allowed at the event.