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Delaware pumpkin fling looking for new venue

Tuesday - 4/1/2014, 6:58pm  ET

DOVER, Del. (AP) -- Organizers of an annual pumpkin flinging contest that draws thousands of people to southern Delaware each fall are looking for a new event site.

Dale Wheatley, a farmer who has allowed the Punkin Chunkin event to be held on his property for several years, says he will no longer make his land available. Wheatley and the Punkin Chunkin Association were sued last year by an event volunteer who was injured in an all-terrain vehicle accident in 2011, and Wheatley doesn't want to risk another lawsuit.

Association President John Huber said he doesn't know where this year's event will be held.

Huber said last year that the organization was considering a move, perhaps to Maryland's Eastern Shore, because of the lawsuit and the cost of government services in Delaware.


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