Mines News

Release Date Wednesday, September 20, 2023

South Dakota Mines Hosts Annual Pumpkin Chuckin’ Event

A Mines student pulls the release 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. 23 in Memorial Park.

The immensely popular pumpkin chuckin’ event is hosted by South Dakota Mines’ 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 250-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 noon will determine the winners.


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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 2,493 students with an average class size of 24. The South Dakota Mines placement rate for graduates is 98 percent, with an average starting salary of more than $70,036. 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: Gray Hughes, 605-394-2554, Gray.Hughes@sdsmt.edu