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Win 2014 Punkin Chunkin Tailgate Tickets for New Dover International Speedway Location


Contest Ends: 10/13/14

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Photo by David S. Holloway/Getty Images)

The countdown has begun for one of Delaware’s most popular events, the Punkin Chunkin World Championship. Dover International Speedway will be the new host site for the World Championship Punkin Chunkin event.

The World Championship Punkin Chunkin Association (WCPCA) hosts a signature pumpkin-launching event each year, fueling innovative engineering and science-based ideas that draw spectators from all over. They believe that Punkin Chunkin cultivates the odd, challenging, and competitive quest for distance that inspires creativity, ingenuity, teamwork, and passion. It is this very dedication that drives teams to compete using science and engineering skills and brings spectators to the gate.


This year, you and seven friends could be tailgating at the 2014 Punkin Chunkin World Championship. Contest winner will receive one (1) tailgate pass on the fire line and eight (8) tickets for the Saturday, Oct. 25 event.

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What started as a challenge in 1986 has turned into an epic, world-class competition drawing hurlers and mega crowds. For three days, engineers, both serious and home grown, bring their huge contraptions and give it all they’ve got to chunk their 8- to 10-pound pumpkin as far as it can go.

The gates open at 7:30 AM each day. All machines fire at least once a day, starting at 8:00 AM. The order can change from day to day depending on weather (they can’t shoot in foggy conditions), whether they finished all the machines the previous day, etc.

Image Courtesy of Rope, Inc.

Image Courtesy of Rope, Inc.

They have to play it by ear, but usually they start on both ends of the firing line, alternating shots with the adult trebuchets and the Youth mechanical teams – catapults, trebuchets and human power. Once the youth mechanicals are done, they continue firing the adult mechanicals, moving towards the center of the firing line. Once they are done, they then move to the youth air cannons, the adult centrifugals and the adult air cannons. Then, after all that, they usually have a free-for-all period until dusk where the machines may fire as much as they wish.

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Wildwood Beach Welcomes Monster Truck Beach Nationals

September 26th through the 28th, 2014.

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Image Courtesy of Wildwoods

The thrill and exhilaration of monster truck racing will take place on the beach in Wildwood from Lincoln to Spencer Avenues Beach, Wildwood, N.J. This high flying, stunt filled and heart racing weekend will be packed with a ton of fun for the whole family.

Monster trucks will square off on a custom beach race course for their chance to win the title of “King of the Beach.” Participating trucks include Bigfoot, Snakebite, Black Stallion, Higher Education, Gunslinger, Avenger, Brutus and Equalizer.

Intermission with Megasaurus; jet powered Smart Car and Tough Truck races.

Show dates and times:
Friday, September 26: 7 p.m.
Saturday, September 27: 1 p.m. & 7 p.m.
Sunday, September 28: 1 p.m.

Gates open one hour before each start time. Food and merchandise vendors as well as monster truck rides on the beach will also be available.

A FREE pit party will take place before each of Saturday’s races as well as before the final competition on Sunday.

For more information call 609.522.4546.
To purchase tickets visit
Tickets will also be available at the gate, the day of the event.

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Boo at the Zoo for Family Friendly Halloween Fun in Philly

The Philadelphia Zoo is adding a little green to your Halloween with the return of Boo at the Zoo for two spooky weekends.

Image Courtesy of Philadelphia Zoo

Image Courtesy of Philadelphia Zoo

Put on your favorite costume and join us for a creepy, crawly celebration. Enjoy treats and sweets while playing your favorite Halloween games, listening to live music and much more.

• Do you know why Halloween is an orangutan’s favorite holiday at the Philadelphia Zoo? Be sure to visit the Sustainable Palm Zone during Boo at the Zoo to find out.

• Take a walk through the Philadelphia Zoo’s not-so-scary Extinction Graveyard to learn about the extinction of species around the world. You’ll be shocked to see that some of your favorite creatures could be extinct in the wild in 15 years.

• Enjoy festive fall offerings throughout the Zoo: hot apple cider, Children’s’ Halloween Sippers filled with a Witch’s Brew, reusable Boo at the Zoo trick-or-treat bags and much more! Pick up a Boo at the Zoo map at the entrance for all the details.

• Set out on a Scarecrow Scavenger Hunt and discover your favorite animals in the form of life-size scarecrows.

October 18, 19, 25, 26
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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Sunfest Celebrates Great Sunny Days in Ocean City, MD


FIREWORKS: Thursday 10:05PM.
BEACH LASER LIGHT SHOWS: Saturday 9PM, 9:30PM, 10PM and 10:30PM
Rated #1 of the 100 Best Classic & Contemporary Craft Shows in the country by “Sunshine Artist Magazine
– America’s Premier Art & Craft Show Magazine”

Summer may be officially over, but there are still more sunny days ahead for beach lovers of all ages. September 18-21, 2014, be sure to check out Sunfest, celebrating its 40th year as Ocean City’s biggest and best festival.

Sunfest artists will delight your senses with their art and craft creations. Demonstrating artists will amaze you with their unique talents. Over 30 food vendors will awaken your taste buds with delicious foods from famous Eastern Shore delicacies to pit beef, gyros, Asian cuisine and many more. Enjoy free live entertainment on two stages all day long. Children will enjoy hayrides and inflatables on the beach. Sunfest 2014 has something for everyone.

Admission to the four-day event is free. All entertainment is free with the exception of the headline acts, which start at 8:00 p.m. Thursday, enjoy an evening of classic soul hits with the Righteous Brothers’ Bill Medley. Friday night is hot country night with Eric Paslay and Parmalee. Rick Springfield will be rocking the Sunfest tents on Saturday night. Tickets will be on sale at the Roland E. Powell Convention Center Box Office Monday through Friday 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. or by contacting TicketMaster at 1-800-551-SEAT or

Image Courtesy of Ocean City, MD

Image Courtesy of Ocean City, MD

For more information, call 800-626-2326.
Sunfest 40th Anniversary Ocean City MD
September 18 – 21, 2014
Thursday, Friday and Saturday 10 a.m. – 10 p.m.
Sunday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Sunfest Transportation Sunfest Ocean City Maryland
The Sunfest Express offers direct service for festival attendees traveling from the Roland E. Powell Convention Center to the Inlet Parking Lot. This is a non-stop express route that takes you directly to the Sunfest grounds for only $3 all day or $1 per boarding. Parking is free at the Convention Center south lot. Shuttles departs the lot every 30 minutes from 9:00 a.m. until 30 minutes following the end of the evening’s last concert, Thursday through Saturday, and from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday.
Ride the Boardwalk tram directly to the Sunfest grounds for only $3 per person one-way. The tram runs from 10 a.m. to midnight on Thursday, Friday & Saturday and from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday.
Due to limited parking around the festival, and for your convenience, park your vehicle for free at the following locations and ride the bus –
It’s the way to go! $3 all day or $1 per boarding
* Northside Park on 125th Street
* Municipal Lot at 100th Street.

Take advantage of the Town’s Park & Ride location on Route 50 in West Ocean City. Park your car for free and hop on the non-stop shuttle to Sunfest $3 all day for $1 per boarding..
If you require special assistance with handicapped transportation, please call 410-723-1606.
While at Sunfest, be sure to visit the Official Event Merchandise Tent located just inside the Main Entrance. Don’t forget your official 2014 Sunfest tee. Youth and Adult sizes through 4XL are available. .

10:00 – Opening Ceremony
11:30 – Natty Beaux
1:30 – Frakie & The Pack
3:30 – Rick K & The Allnighters
5:15 – Teenage Rust
6:30 – Jesse Garron’s Tribute to Elvis

10:30 – Rick K & The Allnighters
12:30 – Recreation Dancers
2:30 – Natty Beaux
4:30 – Frankie & The Pack
8:00 – Righteous Brothers’ Bill Medley (ticketed performance)

11:00 – Randy Lee Ashcraft & The Saltwater Cowboys
1:00 – The Stickers
3:00 – The Galaxy Collective
5:00 – Front Page News
6:30 – The Stickers

10:00 – The Janitors
12:00 – Rick K & The Allnighters
2:00 – The Janitors
4:00 – Richie Fields
8:00 – Parmalee & Eric Paslay (ticketed performance) – Tickets $25-$35

11:00 – The Stickers
1:00 – Sir Rod
3:00 – The Diamonds
5:30 – Separate Ways The Band “Journey Tribute”

10:00 – The Diamonds
12:00 – Bob Lougheed & The Memphis Mafia
2:00 – Richie Fields
4:00 – British Invasion Experience
8:00 – Rick Springfield (ticketed performance) – Tickets $25-$50

10:00 – The Diamonds
12:30 – Bluesman Tom Larsen full band
2:30 – Party Like It’s…
4:30 – The Reagan Years

12:00 – Lollipop the Clown (Roaming Entertainment)

11:30 – Poole & The Gang
1:30 – Anthony “Swamp Dog” Clark
3:30 – Mike Hines and The Look

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Explore the Work of Brian Selznick in Wilmington, DE

Save the date for this exciting event!


Eye peeping through the #5, inside view with Hugo looking out for the Invention of Hugo Cabret, 2007. Brian Selznick (born 1966). Pencil on watercolor paper, 11 x 8 inches. © 2007 by Brian Selznick. Courtesy of the National Center for Children’s Illustrated Literature, Abilene, Texas. Eye peeping through the #5, inside view with Hugo looking out for the Invention of Hugo Cabret, 2007. Brian Selznick (born 1966). Pencil on watercolor paper, 11 x 8 inches. © 2007 by Brian Selznick. Courtesy of the National Center for Children’s Illustrated Literature, Abilene, Texas.

Brian Selznick single handedly changed the way I think about books and storytelling when he published his award winning novel, The Invention of Hugo Cabret. Like many, I was utterly charmed by the fictional Hugo Cabret, an orphan who lives in the walls of a busy Paris train station. In 2008, Selznick was awarded the Caldecott Medal for The Invention of Hugo Cabret, which was made into the Oscar award-winning film Hugo (2011), directed by Martin Scorsese.

Selznick’s illustrations animate the imaginations of children and adults with his blending of illusion, history, and adventure. As a result, I am looking forward to the upcoming…

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Washington Irving’s Sunnyside, Tarrytown, NY


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Like many avid readers, I love touring libraries and bookstores. I especially enjoy seeing another writer’s library. Browsing through their bookshelves makes me feel like I’m getting to know them, and understand how they think. One of my favorite libraries belonged to Washington Irving, in his Hudson River Valley home, “ Sunnyside .” It shares a lot of characteristics with other period libraries, floor-to-ceiling bookcases filled with leather bound volumes, a beautiful desk, and comfy chairs. What I really like though, is the banquet placed in the alcove, where Irving was known to take the occasional nap. That’s a writing technique I regularly practice.

In the pantheon of American literary lights, Washington Irving shines bright. He is the well-known and beloved author of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow and other short stories. His characters are familiar to adults and schoolchildren everywhere, from Brom Bones…

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Wings and Wheels Rescheduled to September 20, 2014

Image Courtesy of Bath County

Image Courtesy of Bath County

Save the Date! Wings & Wheels has been rescheduled for September 20, 2014, 11:00 a.m.- 5:00 p.m. They will be contacting vendors, car show participants and the spectators that left their information with them first thing in the morning.

Image Courtesy of Bath County

Image Courtesy of Bath County

If the roar of an engine (be it car, plane or motorcycle) gets your heart racing and if family fun, good food and music sound like the perfect way to spend a Saturday, then the 6th Annual Wings and Wheels Car and Air Show is the place to be.

Set high atop Hot Springs, at Ingalls Air Field, Wings and Wheels is the largest car and air show in the Shenandoah Valley.

This year’s event promises a variety of activities. In addition to the car show, there will be all day performances by the 540Boyz Stunt Motorcycle team, a return engagement by Team Fastrax Skydiving Team, crowd pleaser Tiger Airshows, Tony Royal L-29 Jet and Skipper Hale AT-6 Acrobatics, as well as carnival and interactive games. Car show participants will be eligible to win People’s Choice and Kid’s Choice Awards, as well as special raffle prizes throughout the day.

The event runs from noon until 6:00. General admission is $5.00 per person, $3.00 ages 12 and under and Kids 3 and under are free. Show car registration is $15.00 thru July 25 and $20.00 the day of the event. For more information

“This year we have changed things up,” said Becky Skidmore Airport Manager, sponsor and one of the organizers of this very popular event. “We have pushed back our start time to noon, giving our families and our participants a little more time to get up the mountain and enjoy the day.”

“And we have added lots more activities for the kids,” explained Mark Nelson, Director of Parks and Recreation for the County of Bath as well as one of the four sponsoring partners. “We have invited K&T Entertainment to bring carnival and interactive games to the event. We will have a rock climbing wall, a mechanical bull, as well as a variety of carnival and arcade activities for the kids to enjoy. All for the single price of admission. ” Nelson concluded.

The Theme this year is “A Salute to Those Who Serve,” explained Maggie Anderson, Director of Tourism and Economic Development. “Our team wanted to say thank you to all the police, fire and rescue and military personnel who serve and protect us every day. We are going to have special raffle prizes just for attendees who serve as police, fire and rescue or are in the military—they will receive the raffle ticket when they purchase their tickets to get into the event. Throughout the day we will be giving out prizes just for them.” Anderson concluded.

“And, we have a special event planned to raise money for this year’s charity The Bath County Christmas Mother,” explained Céline Pritt, Tourism Coordinator. “Attendees will be able to vote with their dollars to determine which one of three people will parachute jump for Charity. Mark Nelson, Director of Parks and Recreation, Ashton Harrison, County Administrator and Sarah Rowe, Principal Bath County High School have all agreed to jump from a plane—if they receive the highest number of dollars donated. We expect the competition to be fierce.”

“Every year the event grows,” noted Emily Plecker, Executive Director for the County of Bath Chamber of Commerce. “Our attendance last year was over 4,000 and we expect even more families to join us this year. There will be plenty of food, vendors and music. And, Big Al will be emceeing all day,” Plecker explained.

The event is sponsored by the Bath County Airport Authority, the Office of Tourism, Parks and Recreation and the Chamber of Commerce.

For more information:
Ingalls Air Field
County of Bath, Shenandoah Valley, Virginia