See You In the Fall for the 2nd Annual Festival on
October 19, 2013
Thank you for making the 2012 event such a success!
We look forward to expanding the event and making it
bigger and better in 2013. If you're interested in
sitting on the committee, volunteering or becoming a
sponsor for the 2nd annual event, please contact the
Clayton Chamber of Commerce. For more Information on
First Annual Punkin Chuckin' Festival & BBQ Contest
Set to Launch in Clayton on Saturday, October 20th 2012
Get your trebuchet ready for the 1st Annual
Punkin Chuckin' Festival on Saturday, October 20th on
Riverside Drive, Clayton New York. The Punkin Chuckin'
Festival is a fun family event hosted by the Clayton
Chamber of Commerce and sponsored by
Clayton Marina Sales
and Service, 50 State Street, Clayton NY.
festival is a one day event where Do-It-Yourself
mechanical wizards of all ages attempt to launch pumpkins
as far as possible with trebuchets, a siege engine used in
the Middle ages.
Admission to the Punkin Chunkin'
Festival is free and begins at 11am featuring competitive
firings throughout the day with awards at 5pm. The
festival will have two categories of competition, which
also compete against each other for the Best Overall
Design, which is the farthest throw for the height of
their trebuchet. The two categories are: Adults (18 &
older) and Youth (11-17 years old) . It costs $5 to enter
the competition. Download The Punkin Chunkin
still entry spaces available for the Punkin Chunkin'.
Contestants can call the Clayton Chamber of Commerce at
firstname.lastname@example.org or stop by the office at
517 Riverside Drive, Clayton NY.
The Clayton Chamber of Commerce will also host a non-sanctioned Kansas City Style
BBQ Contest featuring local barbequers competing for
bragging rights of the best BBQ in town. Teams
of local grillers will face off on Riverside Drive
starting with the same ingredients of butt pork and
chicken thighs with the challenge of coming up with a
unique and award-winning sauce, rub or secret recipe.
Competitors will be competing for a trophy and bragging
rights for best pulled pork, best bbq chicken and the
people's choice award.
The People's Taste Test will
begin at 11:30 am in O'Brien's Restaurant parking lot until all is gone.
Festival-goers can purchase pork and chicken samples from
each of the teams as well as two side dishes. Proceeds
from the event will benefit non-profit organizations
including the New Era Bike & Skate Park, American Cancer
Society of Jefferson County, Save the River and Hawn
The teams include: Barry Ingerson, Sponsored
by CC McCreedy Masonry; Tim Doney, sponsored by O'Brien's
Restaurant; Pat Youngs sponsored by the Jefferson County
Democratic Committee; Aaron Parker sponsored by the Sand
Dustin Orvis sponsored by Reinman's Ace Hardware and Chris
DiPrinzio sponsored by Tricia's Rondette.
The Hawn Memorial
Library will be
hosting children's activities from 10am-3pm.
Children will enjoy bobbing for apples, crafts, a costume
contest and more at 220 John Street, Clayton. The
library will also be sponsoring horse drawn rides
departing from Frink Park from 10am-3pm. For more
information please call 315-686-3762.
Have you ever seen a pink pumpkin before?
How about you purchase one of these naturally
pink pumpkins between 10am-3pm at the
Islands Museum at 312 James Street, Clayton.
The Thousand Islands Museum will also be holding
a Biggest & Oddest Shaped Pumpkin Contest from
10am-2pm. Judging will take place at 2pm with
awards at 3pm. For more information please call
Thousand Islands Arts Center will be holding
a Scarecrow Building Contest from 9am-12 Noon at
314 John Street in Clayton. Scarecrows
will be displayed along Riverside Drive from 12
Noon - 2pm and judging will take place at 3pm.
For additional information please call
River Golf Adventures, 40168 NYS Route 12
Clayton, will be hosting a haunted miniature golf course Friday 3-9pm, Saturday 11am-9pm and Sunday 11am-8pm.
Call 315-777-0225 for additional details.