Punkin Chunkin Exits Delaware, Headed To Illinois Air Base

It is official! The World Punkin Chunkin Championship is leaving Delaware. The team captains voted on a change of venue to the Village of Rantoul, Illinois. With 75% involvement, the vote was 70% YES and 30% NO. This is our event’s 4th change of venue since 1986. For over 33 years, we have called Sussex County Delaware our home but the chunk must go on. With many other Punkin Chunkin related events going on, there needs to be a World Championship.

The group said they want to thank everyone for their support over the years. Most recently, we want to thank those that came forward in Delaware and Maryland in trying to keep the event on Delmarva. Unfortunately, our unique event requires large tracts of land.

The Wheatley’s 600-acre property in Bridgeville, Delaware has served us well to date, read a statement released by the group. We are very supportive of the land owner’s decision to not continue to host the event.

The new event will take place on the once known Chanute Air Force Base that was acquired by Rantoul when it was closed down in 1993. This property amongst their hospitality made their municipality an attractive location.

It has been the non-profit’s mission to conduct our annual event and give funds back to the community in the form of donations and scholarships for children. Since their inception, they have contributed over $1 Million Dollars in donations and scholarships. Their economic impact on the community has been incalculable, drawing tens of thousands of spectators and participants from around the world.

The group is currently planning the event to be on November 1st, 2nd, and 3rd.

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