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Delaware's Punkin Chunkin Event Canceled Amid Lawsuit from Injured Woman

The World Championship Punkin Chunkin Association announced Wednesday that landowners who donate the use of their property for the event are reluctant to host it this year in light of the federal lawsuit.

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    Punkin Chunkin Canceled This Year Amid Lawsuit

    Delaware's popular Punkin Chunkin competition won't happen this year. Organizers of the annual event have decided to cancel it after a federal lawsuit from a woman who was injured at last year's event.

    (Published Friday, Aug. 25, 2017)

    Organizers of a popular pumpkin-flinging competition in Delaware have canceled this year's event following the filing of a federal lawsuit by a woman who was critically injured at last year's event.

    The World Championship Punkin Chunkin Association announced Wednesday that landowners who donate the use of their property for the event are reluctant to host it this year in light of the federal lawsuit.

    The lawsuit by Suzanne Dakessian claims she was left with severe and permanent injuries because of negligence and wrongful conduct by organizers and participants, state officials and Discovery Communications.

    Dakessian was injured when a trap door blew off an air cannon. At the time, she was managing a camera crew for Sharp Entertainment, which was producing a television special for Discovery's Science Channel.