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Volunteer logo Saturday, November 7
Monroe County Fairgrounds, 5700 W. Airport Rd.
Gates open and activities begin at 11 a.m. Launching begins at noon.

Spectator admission: $10/vehicle

Pumpkin Launcher 2007 Pumpkin launch devices must be mechanical in nature.Fall has arrived and pumpkins are flying in the skies over the Monroe County Fairgrounds! Launcher teams send pumpkins soaring through the air in competitions for both accuracy and distance, so get a team together to build and enter a pumpkin launching device. In addition to the pumpkin launching, there is an expanded children's area with a variety of activities, live music, and a variety of food vendors! Bring a lawn chair and enjoy a fun fall afternoon.

Launcher Categories

Launcher Requirements

  1. Launcher must be mechanical (human powered) only. No fuel, compressed air, electricity, explosives, and/or other chemical components or any other fluids including but not limited to oil, water and hydraulic fluid allowed. The only exception to this is that teams are allowed to have a small powered winch on the machine to help cock the throwing arm.
  2. A safety strap or other mechanism is required to remain in place at all times on the throwing arm after the machine is cocked until released for firing. This is to ensure that no premature launches occur.
  3. Catapults must launch overhand and not sidearm.
  4. Cannons are not allowed.

These requirements are in place to ensure the safety of participants and spectators. Any device that may follow above rules but is still deemed unsafe to either participants or spectators will not be allowed to launch at the event. Those participants will be given a full refund.

Register your launch team, and pay the $20 entry fee with a credit card.

Register your launch team, and pay the $20 entry form with a check.

For more information about the Pumpkin Launch, contact Bill Ream at 812-349-3748 or via e-mail at

Event partners: WonderLab and the Monroe County Fairgrounds