LOUDON, N.H. — Pumpkins went ballistic at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway over the weekend.

Sixteen teams from as far away as Virginia came to the racetrack to use trebuchets, catapults and air guns to launch the fall fruit.

Some of the pumpkins weighed in at 1,000 pounds, and some flew up to two-thirds of a mile.

The event included large, crane-like launchers to throw cars, motorcycles, a boat and pianos. When a pumpkin misfired, participants called the result a “pie.”

“A lot of work to travel and set up,” said Dave Shepard, a member of the Mista Ballista team from Framingham, Massachusetts. “Takes six guys maybe 10-12 hours.”


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