Chances increase for Punkin Chunkin to switch states

By Amy Cherry 4:12pm, April 1, 2014 - Updated 8:28am, April 2, 2014
VIDEO: WDEL's Amy Cherry reports with video from NBC 10.
A longtime Sussex County tradition may be moving.

WDEL's Amy Cherry reports.

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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.

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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.

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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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