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Pumpkins fly

October 12, 2011

Guests can watch teams compete in the fourth annual Lake Orion Pumpkin Launch at Orion Oaks County Park from 11 a.m. 3 p.m. on Oct. 15.

Last year, the winning team launched a pumpkin 1,187 feet with a trebuchet, a medieval blockade weapon similar to catapults. Anyone who brings their own trebuchet to the event can compete.

Orion Village councilman Michael Toth started the event with his team Oakland Ballistics.

The event is free for spectators with an annual vehicle permit. The cost for participating teams is $25. Gates open for practice and registration at 8 a.m.

Orion Oaks County Park is located at 2301 W. Clarkston Road in Lake Orion.