It seems that Kevin Gallant didn’t listen.
The New Brunswick Community College professor is the driving force behind the Pumpkin Fling being held Sept. 22 in Miramichi, NB.
The engineer has designed cannons that will catapult pumpkins, onions, gourds and other vegetables into the Miramichi River.
Children get to aim the cannons at a target in the water then pull the trigger. Prizes will be awarded in various categories including the worst launch.
A T-shirt cannon will be introduced this year for the Pumpkin Fling’s 10th anniversary—sponsored by the Association of Professional Engineers & Geoscientists of NB.
Gallant told the Miramichi Leader that the event incorporates science, engineering and lots of fun.
The cannons, constructed at Sunny Corner Enterprises, use air pressure to discharge the vegetables.
Ralph Lockerbie’s farm in Loggieville provides the vegetables.
The Pumpkin Fling also features pony rides, pumpkin painting and (under supervision) pumpkin carving.
All the proceeds from the event go to school breakfast programs in the Miramichi area. In the last decade the Pumpkin Fling has raised over $15,000 for the program.