By Bonnie Walker
Posted on01 November 2011.
Becker Vineyards' new Fall Fest event is Punkin Chunkin’. It will make its debut on Saturday, Nov. 12.
The event kicks off at 11 a.m. with a Pumpkin Taste-Off. The public will be able to sample food featuring pumpkin in it. At 12:30 p.m. the Trebuchet (see what this is below) Pumpkin Launching begins and continues hourly.
There will be an Open Invitation Pumpkin Throw.
Visitors also will throw pumpkins with hand power. Awards will be given based on accuracy and distance.
Doug Moreland and The Flying Armadillos will perform from 1 – 4 p.m. Moreland is from the Davis Mountains of Texas . He describes himself as a west Texas fiddler, songwriter, entertainer, and chainsaw artist currently residing near Austin. For more info on his music, click here
At 5:30 p.m. there will be a four-course Fall Vintner Dinner highlighting pumpkin with each course paired with Becker Vineyards’ wines. The dinner, at the Lavender Haus Reception Hall is $85 plus tax, per person. Wine Club Members receive a 10 percent discount. Reservations required at 830-644-2581 x 230 or e-mail Becker Vineyards here
What's the Trebuchet?
The Trebuchet, owned by musician Doug Moreland, is a type of catapault that works by using the energy of a raised counterweight to throw the pumpkin. The sling, which has a pouch containing the pumpkin, is placed in a trough below the axle. It supports the beam. Upon releasing the trigger, the sling and the beam swing around toward the vertical position, where one end of the sling releases, opening the pouch and propelling the projectile towards the target. The efficiency of the transfer of the stored energy of the counterweight to the projectile can be quite high, even without, for example, restraining the path of the counterweight. (Modern-day enthusiasts have varied the original design, especially to control the path of the counterweight.)