Big orange pumpkins mean fall is here.
If launching pumpkins into the air using a medieval weapon of war sounds like fun, then Becker Vineyards is where you'll want to be next weekend.
This is the second annual Pumpkin Chunkin,' which will take place at Becker Vineyards, near Stonewall, starting at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 10.
There is no entry charge; food and music are also on the bill.
From 1 p.m. – 4 p.m., Doug Moreland will play music near the winery veranda and continue launching pumpkins between songs. Originally from the mountains of west Texas, Moreland settled down in Austin at the turn of the millennium as a fiddler, songwriter, and woodcarver. In January 2012, he released "The Flying Armadillos," the eighth of his independent albums.
Moreland received a Will Rogers Cowboy Award for Western Music Male Performer of the Year from the Academy of Western Artists. He received an Entertainer of the Year award from the Texas Music Awards. Doug also appeared on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno with his former companion Holly-peño, a black and white McNab dog. For more information, please visit here
In addition to being the featured musician at this event, Moreland built the trebuchet being used for Pumpkin Chunkin'.
This is a miniature trebuchet, built for the desktop - but you get the picture.
A trebuchet is a type of catapult that works by using the energy of a raised counterweight to throw the projectile. Initially, the sling, which has a pouch containing the projectile, is placed in a trough below the axle, which 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 trebuchet did not become obsolete until the 15th century, well after the introduction of gunpowder, which appeared in Europe in second half of 13th century
Stout Pizza is the food concession for Saturday’s event. Artisan cheeses, sausages, and gourmet crackers will also be for sale.
Pumpkin Chunkin’ is a complimentary event; no reservations are required. And there is no cover charge to hear Doug Moreland and The Flying Armadillos.
Becker Vineyards is located 11 miles east of Fredericksburg off U.S. Highway 290 at Jenschke Lane. For more information contact 830-644-2681.