MOBILE, Ala. (WALA) -- Folks had the chance to make pumpkins fly at Flight Works Alabama, for the Second Annual Pumpkin Catapult Competition.

Pumpkins were flying, splattering, and plopping as teams battled it out, trying to make their pumpkins fly the farthest.

Each team had three chances to launch a gourd from their homemade catapults or trebuchet.

Team 'Aces' from Denton Magnet School of Technology strategy was to use weights instead of elastic bands.

"We wanted to use the weight to help it go faster and use this to hold the pumpkin up here and so altogether it helps make the pumpkin fly," said 'Aces' team member, Ryker Hoppy.

Their catapult, unfortunately, did not get pumpkins as far out as they wanted, "we couldn't really get it to go as far. We realized that we needed more weight to get it to go farther," said Hoppy.

Although the 'Aces' didn't exactly ace the competition for getting their pumpkins the farthest, they did have the most festive catapult, the team won the Creative Design Award.

So whose catapult made pumpkins fly the farthest? That would be team 'Frog's Breath'.

After working on their catapult for two months, team member Mackenzie Lawrey said she was nervous about the launch as they ran into some challenges.

"It was hard because at first it wasn't working, it was harder to pull then normal, so it hurt for a minute and then it finally went," said Lawrey.

Those nerves were put to rest after they were able to get their last pumpkin to launch 70.5 feet out, winning the competition in their division.

"I was really, really proud of that," said Lawrey.

If you're interested in getting involved in other science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) programs and projects, click here.

All content © 2021, WALA; Mobile, AL. (A Meredith Corporation Station). All Rights Reserved.

Recommended for you

(0) comments

Welcome to the discussion.

Keep it Clean. Please avoid obscene, vulgar, lewd, racist or sexually-oriented language.
Don't Threaten. Threats of harming another person will not be tolerated.
Be Truthful. Don't knowingly lie about anyone or anything.
Be Nice. No racism, sexism or any sort of -ism that is degrading to another person.
Be Proactive. Use the 'Report' link on each comment to let us know of abusive posts.
Share with Us. We'd love to hear eyewitness accounts, the history behind an article.