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Saturday, Oct. 26, 2019
Monroe County Fairgrounds, 5700 W. Airport Rd. in Bloomington.
Spectator admission: $10 per vehicle

Gates open and activities begin at 11 a.m. Launching begins at noon.

Fall has arrived and pumpkins are flying in the skies over the Monroe County Fairgrounds! 

There is plenty to do and see at the Pumpkin Launch, including a children's area with a variety of activities, live music, food vendors, and the festive feel of fall. Bring a lawn chair and be amazed by launch device ingenuity! Cannons and chemically powered launchers are NOT permitted.

Schedule of Events

  • 11 a.m. Gate opens
  • 11 a.m.-12 p.m. Live music (intricate string arrangements and rich vocal harmonies) by the five-piece acoustic outfit Wonderhills
  • 11:15-11:45 a.m. Meet & greet with launching teams and their machines
  • Noon - Distance competition begins (4 rounds)
  • Immediately following distance competition, there is a break and more meet & greet with launching teams and their machines
  • Accuracy competition (4 rounds)
  • Awards

Launcher Categories

  • Youth Human Powered (elementary or middle school)
  • Student Human Powered (high school or college)
  • Adult Human Powered

Launching Device Requirements

  • Cannons and chemically powered launchers are NOT permitted. Device must be mechanical 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 is for a small powered winch on the machine to help cock the throwing arm.
  • 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.
  • Any device constructed similar to a catapult must launch overhand, and not sidearm.


  • Teams compete in both accuracy and distance contests. Each contest consists of four rounds of launching.
  • Teams must bring a minimum of eight pumpkins weighing between 5 and 8 pounds to the competition.

Launcher team registration deadline is Friday, Oct. 18.

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