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Local Team Excels At Delaware Tradition, Punkin’ Chunkin’

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Posted: December 30, 2013

The Shooda Noed Beter team, (from left) Tony Morgan, Kenny Kite, Donna Wyant and Chad Kite, stand by their world-record holding Punkin’ Chunkin’ catapult at K&K Machining in Elkton last week. (Photos by Michael Reilly / DN-R)
Kenny Kite points out the arm that releases to throw the pumpkin.
Kenny Kite and his son, Chad, examine the sling that holds the pumpkin before the shot.
Tony Morgan (left) and Chad Kite pull on one of the 36 “rubber bands” that supply the energy for their Punkin’ Chunkin’ catapult.
The Shooda Noed Beter team’s world-record throw of 2,048.52 feet is painted on the side of the catapult.

ELKTON — In the back room of K&K Machining, amid shelves of plastic and metal parts, lathes and drill presses, is one particularly curious item.

Folded up by a wall, the orange metal goliath is...

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