Our Punin’ Chunkin’ Fall Festival is held at the Bald Eagle State Park in Howard, PA (Centre County) We feature over 100 craft vendors, great food concessions, hay rides, a strolling magician, a wood carver, an old fashioned pie eating contest, mini-launchers…
Nationally Acclaimed Chunking Teams. Many have been featured on the Discovery Channel. Come see the Smokin’ Lamas, Fat Jimmy & Half a Bubble Off, the Lourde of the Gourde & more! Punkins are hurled at breakneck speeds towards targets floating in the Park lake! Each year, approx. 12,000 people attend our 1 day event! This is the main fundraising event for the Howard Volunteer Fire Company. FREE Admission & FREE Parking!
Come enjoy the stunning Autumn scenery, take a hay ride or sit leisurely lakeside…while viewing sights the likes not seen by most mortals!
At the Punkin’ Chunkin’ Festival it should be obvious what the big draw is. For those who may not be familiar with the process of Punkin Chunkin’, it is a sight to behold. Large chunkin’ trebuchets are designed and brought in specifically to hurl pumpkins with great force and greater accuracy. In the reservoir targets rafts float unsuspectingly. Those teams who excel in the best feats of endurance and power take home the prize. Oh, and all those unfortunate pumpkins being hurled – pie contest anyone?
Despite being the namesake of the festival, punkin’ chunkin’ isn’t the only thing to do at the Punkin’ Chunkin’ Festival. There are plenty of exhibitions like chain saw carving, a working black smith, and fire fighting demonstrations. There are also activities with park naturalists as well as hayrides, square dancing, and a boat parade. Also at the festival are over fifty craft and food vendors selling a wide variety of homemade treats and unique gifts. For entertainment, live bands play through the afternoon.
Admission and Parking is free.