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Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014 - Mason County Journal - Page A-3 Jon Shields of the West Sound Tech catapult team warms up the crowd gathered Saturday for the annual catapult contest held at Hunter Farms in Union. Teams compete on how far they can throw a pumpkin and accuracy and design of the trebuchet catapults. The contest is pert of the monthlong PumpkinFest annual fall celebration in Union. Events continue through this weekend. Photos by Tom Hyde U.S. Congressman Derek Kilmer (D-Gig Harbor), state Senate hopeful Irene Bowling, and candidate for state House Tammey Newton judge the annual catapult contest saturday at Hunter Farms. The event is part of PumpkinFest, a monthlong fall harvest celebration in Union. 6th Annual Catapult Contest pitches pumpkins at Union STAFF REPORT news@masoncoun com Cheers erupted from the crowd as a 10-pound pumpkin sailed through the sky and smashed into the side of an old wooden beat propped up as a target in a farmers field. The annual catapult contest, part of the monthlong Pump- kinFest in Union, drew seven teams and hundreds of onlookers Saturday to a soggy field at Hunter Farms. Three high schools were among the teams competing to hurl pumpkins the furthest or with the most accuracy using trebuchets, which are catapults. "This is my third year here and one of my favorite events in the district," said U.S. Congressman Derek Kilmer (D-Gig Harbor). Kilmer, along with other would-be elected officials, fired off the first catapult shots of the day and acted as judges for the event. This year, no one fell into the mud as they pulled the firing rope. West Sound Tech took first place in distance (276 feet)and de- sign with its "Catapult Merica" in the high school division. Shelton High School, which had two catapults in the competition, took first place in distance (262 feet) and first place in accuracy with its "Hey Jack" catapult. Shelton also took second place in accuracy with its "Backward Bob" catapult, so named because of its ability to occa- sionally throw the pumpkin in the wrong direction and back into the cornfield. The people's choice award for best team spirit went to Rainier High School and its "Patriotic Pumpkin Pitcher." Winning for distance in the open division was the "Max Dis- tance" catapult team with a pumpkin thrown 385 feet, the fur- thest throw of the day. - (skim,1%,2%) Milk limil 2 Eo. Whole Turkey Breast LB. I 0 lb. bag Lean Ground Beef 5 Lb. Bag Yellow Onions i