Mines News

Release Date Wednesday, September 22, 2021

South Dakota Mines Hosts Annual Pumpkin Chucking Event

A Mines student pulls the safety pin on a pumpkin trebuchet during the annual festival. 


South Dakota Mines plans to hold its annual pumpkin catapult competition at the Great Downtown Pumpkin Festival beginning at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 25 in Memorial Park.

The immensely popular pumpkin chucking event is hosted by South Dakota Mines’ Center of Excellence for Advanced Multidisciplinary Projects (CAMP) drawing thousands of spectators who watch student-built catapults and trebuchets fling pumpkins hundreds of feet into the air in a competition of both distance and accuracy.

The team that comes closest to hitting 100, 200 and 300-foot marks on the field wins the trophy. Teams from area high schools are also invited to attend and often place very well against the collegiate teams.

The first round will begin at 10:30 a.m.; the final round at 1 p.m. will determine the winners. Mines’ Robotics Team developed an online scoreboard that will track the competition.

Mines also invites the public to join the homecoming football game at O’Harra Stadium that evening beginning at 4 p.m. as the Hardrockers take on Colorado State University Pueblo, find ticket information here.


About South Dakota Mines  

Founded in 1885, South Dakota Mines is one of the nation’s leading engineering, science and technology universities. South Dakota Mines offers bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees and a best-in-class education at an affordable price. The university enrolls 2,418 students with an average class size of 24. The South Dakota Mines placement rate for graduates is 97 percent, with an average starting salary of more than $68,685. For these reasons  South Dakota Mines is ranked among the best engineering schools in the country for return on investment. Find us online at www.sdsmt.edu and on FacebookTwitter, LinkedInInstagram and Snapchat.

Contact: Mike Ray, 605-394-6082, mike.ray@sdsmt.edu

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