There was lots of fun at the Boys and Girls Club NOOPA Youth Centre last weekend as staff and volunteers put together a really scary haunted house being visited here by strange looking creatures   Lora Fairbrother (left)

There was lots of fun at the Boys and Girls Club NOOPA Youth Centre last weekend as staff and volunteers put together a really scary haunted house being visited here by strange looking creatures Lora Fairbrother (left)

Boys and Girls Club first annual pumpkin chuck

Don’t know what to do with that Halloween jack-o-lantern? Why not enter it into a pumpkin chucking contest.

  • Nov. 4, 2011 4:00 p.m.

Don’t know what to do with that Halloween jack-o-lantern? Why not enter it into a pumpkin chucking contest.

The Boys and Girls Club of Williams Lake and District will be hosting the club’s first annual pumpkin chucking fundraiser this Sunday, Nov. 6 starting at 1 p.m. in the Cataline elementary school field.

Pumpkin chucking is the sport of hurling a pumpkin by mechanical means for distance.For a donation to the club, the community is invited to bring their Halloween pumpkins and jack-o-lanterns, put them in the trebuchet and give it a fling to see how far they can launch their pumpkins across the field. Proceeds will go towards programs for youth in our community.

Under the supervision and guidance of staff and volunteers, youth are busy putting the final touches on the construction of a fully functioning trebuchet as the mechanical means of launching the pumpkins. A trebuchet is a type of catapult that works by using the energy of a raised counterweight to throw the projectile, in this case pumpkins.

“We have the building plans for the construction of the trebuchet, a lot of enthusiasm, and a goal to provide kids with a project to develop both their manual and thinking skills, and give them opportunities to work collaboratively on a project,” says Monica Johnson, executive director.

“We are very appreciative of Home Hardware, Windsor Plywood and Surplus Herby’s who have donated all the building materials.”

There will be plenty of hidden distance prizes up for grabs, so remember to bring your pumpkin.  For more information about the event call the Boys and Girls Club at 250-392-5730.

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