VIDEO: Chances increase for Punkin Chunkin to switch states
A longtime Sussex County tradition may be moving.
WDEL's Amy Cherry reports.
It's becoming more likely that Punkin Chunkin could jump to Maryland after a Bridgeville farm owner says he can no longer host the iconic pumpkin-launching event.
"If I know I'm going to get sued, it definitely won't be on my property," farm owner Dale Wheatley told NBC 10.
Wheatley tells NBC 10 he made the decision after a volunteer was injured in an ATV accident on the property in 2011. That volunteer is suing for $4.5 million, and Wheatley says he can't afford the liability.
Delaware is doing everything it can to keep the event, which serves as a huge tourism boost for Sussex County.
"I look forward to Apple Scrapple every year, and I look forward to Punkin Chunkin every year. I mean those are our Christmases here," said G.L. Jefferson of Jeff's Taproom.
A new countdown to chunk on the event's website says Punkin Chunkin will be held Oct. 24-26, with no location named.
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