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Pumpkin flinging contest in Yaphank

During the 10th annual Pumpkin Fling at the

During the 10th annual Pumpkin Fling at the Suffolk County Farm and Education Center in Yaphank, about 80 Long Island students launched two dozen five-pound pumpkins into the air. (Oct. 27, 2012) Photo Credit: Brittany Wait

The Pumpkin Fling, held at the Suffolk County Farm and Education Center in Yaphank, is Long Island's annual championship pumpkin catapult contest. The event provides students and adults with the unique opportunity to experience the joys and trials of designing, building and operating sophisticated mechanical devices.

During the 10th annual Pumpkin Fling at the
Photo Credit: Brittany Wait

During the 10th annual Pumpkin Fling at the Suffolk County Farm and Education Center in Yaphank, Joe Salerno, 16, a junior at Islip High School, helped his teammates prepare the catapult to throw their first pumpkin. (Oct. 27, 2012)

During the 10th annual Pumpkin Fling at the
Photo Credit: Brittany Wait

During the 10th annual Pumpkin Fling at the Suffolk County Farm and Education Center in Yaphank, Bob Kelley, left, 46, of Bay Shore, volunteered to supervise students with Matt Fimbel, 28, a physics teacher at Bay Shore High School. (Oct. 27, 2012)

During the 10th annual Pumpkin Fling at the
Photo Credit: Brittany Wait

During the 10th annual Pumpkin Fling at the Suffolk County Farm and Education Center in Yaphank, David Claps, 40, a technology teacher at Islip Middle School, helped students operate their catapult. (Oct. 27, 2012)

During the 10th annual Pumpkin Fling at the
Photo Credit: Brittany Wait

During the 10th annual Pumpkin Fling at the Suffolk County Farm and Education Center in Yaphank, about 80 Long Island students launched two dozen five-pound pumpkins into the air. (Oct. 27, 2012)

During the 10th annual Pumpkin Fling at the
Photo Credit: Brittany Wait

During the 10th annual Pumpkin Fling at the Suffolk County Farm and Education Center in Yaphank, members of the Hauppauge High School Technology Club threw their pumpkin 570 feet on the first try, competing against six other teams. (Oct. 27, 2012)

At the 10th annual Pumpkin Fling at the
Photo Credit: Brittany Wait

At the 10th annual Pumpkin Fling at the Suffolk County Farm and Education Center Yaphank, teams won trophies for catapulting their pumpkin the farthest, fastest and in great form. (Oct. 27, 2012)

During the 10th annual Pumpkin Fling at the
Photo Credit: Brittany Wait

During the 10th annual Pumpkin Fling at the Suffolk County Farm and Education Center in Yaphank, hundreds of spectators cheered for the 80 Long Island students catapulting five-pound pumpkins into the air using catapults they made. (Oct. 27, 2012)

During the 10th annual Pumpkin Fling at the
Photo Credit: Brittany Wait

During the 10th annual Pumpkin Fling at the Suffolk County Farm and Education Center in Yaphank, about 80 Long Island students launched two dozen five-pound pumpkins into the air. (Oct. 27, 2012)

During the 10th annual Pumpkin Fling at the
Photo Credit: Brittany Wait

During the 10th annual Pumpkin Fling at the Suffolk County Farm and Education Center in Yaphank, Sam Melaniff, 16, a junior at Islip High School, competed with his team against other Long Island students in designing, building and operating a catapult to throw a pumpkin the farthest. His team broke a record for the event, throwing the pumpkin 1,045 feet. (Oct. 27, 2012)

During the 10th annual Pumpkin Fling at the
Photo Credit: Brittany Wait

During the 10th annual Pumpkin Fling at the Suffolk County Farm and Education Center in Yaphank, about 80 Long Island students competed to design, build and operate a catapult to throw their pumpkin the farthest. (Oct. 27, 2012)

During the 10th annual Pumpkin Fling at the
Photo Credit: Brittany Wait

During the 10th annual Pumpkin Fling at the Suffolk County Farm and Education Center in Yaphank, Ken Phalen, 52, an architect for Suffolk County Department of Public Works, pulled a cord to launch Islip High School's pumpkin into the air, catapulting it the farthest. (Oct. 27, 2012)

During the 10th annual Pumpkin Fling at the
Photo Credit: Brittany Wait

During the 10th annual Pumpkin Fling at the Suffolk County Farm and Education Center in Yaphank, Chris Dowd, 36, a technology teacher at Hauppauge High School, helped members of the school's technology club operate their catapult. (Oct. 27, 2012)

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