Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 19°C

min temp: 15°C

Search

The pigs are coming. Find out more about

Pigs Gone Wild

here.

Gallery/Video: Pumpkins are catapulted through the air at Creeting St Mary’s Alder Carr Farm’s Halloween event

17:32 28 October 2014

Liam, four, and Jake Petty, five, bounce around at Alder Carr Farm

Liam, four, and Jake Petty, five, bounce around at Alder Carr Farm's Punkin Chunkin event, which ran all week.

A catapult, 6,000 pumpkins to pick from and hundreds of people – what could possibly go wrong?

Nothing much, as the first day of “punkin chunkin” was a resounding success at Alder Carr Farm, near Needham Market.

The American-inspired activity involves throwing the autumnal fruit via a trebuchet.

By noon, 380 people had come to see what it was all about and have a go at launching the pumpkins onto the 60-metre long landing strip.

Barry Sheldrake, one of the owners of Alder Carr Farm, said: “It was fantastic; we had lots of people here, probably more than we expected – it’s gone really well.

Alder Carr Farm built a Alder Carr Farm built a "Punkin Chunkin" catapult to toss pumpkins.

“I was at a conference in Virginia, America, when I was told about it. It’s known as punkin chunkin there and I thought I would build a catapult here.”

The wooden contraption took two weeks to build and takes four minutes to reload. Thanks to the warm weather, the farm had a bumper haul of pumpkins – with 6,000 harvested. Out of those, the poorest ones are used for the trebuchet.

Entry to the farm’s The Pumpkin Patch, which also includes the spooky Maize Maze and the Haunted House, costs £4.50 each with under twos free of charge.

The event is running until Saturday.

Send us your pumpkin carving photos via email

0 comments

Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files
Comments

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Ipswich Star visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Ipswich Star staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Ipswich Star account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

Chemical incident in Glamorgan Road, Ipswich

Fire, police, and ambulance services were sent to a chemical incident in the Stoke Park area of town.

600 primary school children are attending a science fair at Thomas Gainsborough School in Great Cornard. Pictured with flame is Head of Chemistry Andy Cameron.

This week our headlines were dominated by the EU referendum, with campaigners from the Remain camp hitting the streets of Bury St Edmunds before the vote on Thursday.

Shadow foreign sec Hilary Benn with Emma Reynolds and MEP Richard Hewitt on the Labour In Battle Bus meeting the public in Ipswich town centre.

Half of Labour’s shadow cabinet are reported to have resigned today in the fallout after the referendum result.

Action from the Felixstowe & Walton United v Bury Town in the Suffolk Premier Cup. Photo: Steve Waller

A football club’s dream of a new clubhouse and changing rooms fit for the 21st Century has moved a step closer with the award of a £50,000 grant.

Lionel Richie on stage in Colchester

“What the hell is this? You call this a summer evening? Welcome to Cold-chester!”

Keith Senior is pictured at Jacobs Allen in Bury St Edmunds

Concerns have been raised about how Thursday’s decision to quit the EU will affect mortgage rates and foreign travel.

Aldeburgh beach

Global superstar Taylor Swift has been spotted strolling the streets of a Suffolk seaside town, after she flew into the country to meet her rumoured new love interest’s mother.

The Marquis of Cornwallis, pictured in 2006, which is near where the crash happened.

Emergency services are currently at the scene of a single vehicle crash near to the Marquis of Cornwallis pub in Layham.

Town pastors gather for their 10-year celebration conference at Adastral Park, Martlesham Heath

Town pastors from across Suffolk gathered together to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the project.

Sydney Harbour Bridge, Australia

Ipswich isn’t blessed with beautiful bridges; civil engineers don’t come to town to marvel at the engineering prowess of Telford, Brunel or Stephenson, writes John Norman, of The Ipswich Society.

Most read

Most commented

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Topic pages

Streetlife

Newsletter Sign Up

Great British Life

Great British Life
MyDate24 MyPhotos24