Capital City Pumpkin Drop

19th Annual Capital City Pumpkin Drop
Appalachian Power Park  ---  Thursday, October 19, 2017


Registration is FULL, you may continue to sign up at this link and if a space opens, you will be contacted ASAP :

Space will be limited! Register soon!  5th-12th graders are invited to compete in three categories (HS, MS, Elem). Each school may only register once.

BridgeValley Community & Technical College invites local schools to participate in the 19th Annual CAPITAL CITY PUMPKIN DROP at Appalachian Power Park in Charleston WV on Thursday October 19th.  Pre-registration is required.  Students will follow engineering specifications to design the most accurate and safest way to drop a pumpkin from a designated height and hit a target on the ground.  Monetary awards will be presented to the winning teams. Grades 5-12 are invited. Three grade level categories will compete for the honor of being the Grand Slam Pumpkin!  Check-in opens at 9:00 a.m. and should conclude with awards around 1:00-1:30 p.m.

The intent of this event is for a classroom or group of students to design a container to protect a pumpkin, according to the design specifications given. The school will then bring their final designs to the official Capital City Pumpkin Drop event on Oct. 19 to compete. 

To register your school, complete and submit the registration form at the link provided. Registration closes Sept. 30 or before, as SPACE IS LIMITED to approximately 40 schools. Each category is limited, i.e. the elementary category may fill before the middle school one.  Complete rules will be emailed to registered teams within a week of registering.  Each SCHOOL is considered a TEAM. So each school may only enter once (one team).  Three pumpkin drop entries are allowed per school. Space and time are limited. No individual student entries will be allowed.   Additional fun contests will be announced soon to registered schools (poster contest, egg drop, etc.) 

Details will be sent via email to your listed contact person - and future emails will contain official rules and additional details on the event (lunch options, parking, etc.) No walk-in registrations will be accepted. Again SPACE IS LIMITED.   Each school can only register once.  This is a FREE event. Schools are responsible for their pumpkins, supplies, and travel. Contest rules are proprietary to the Annual Capital City Pumpkin Drop event.

Questions? Contact Melissa Thompson at, 304-205-6734

Event timeline:  9:00 a.m. - pumpkin check-in opens, 10:00 a.m. - competition begins, 1:00 p.m.  - awards (approximately)

Last year:  1500+ attendees, 37 schools represented from 13 counties, over 100 pumpkins dropped, $1,300+ in cash prizes and trophies,10+ bags of recyclable materials, plus lots of cardboard.

Winning Team from 2016:
2016 Grand Slam pumpkin team = Clay County High School

1st place High School - Huntington High School
2nd place High School - Greenbrier East High School
3rd place High School - George Washington High School

1st place Middle School - Walton Elem/Middle School
2nd place Middle School - Ripley Middle School
3rd place Middle School - Easat Fairmont Middle School

1st place Elementary - New River Elementary
2nd place Elementary - Justice Elementary
3rd place Elementary - Ansted Elementary

Most Creative Design - George Washington High School
Most Sustainable Design - Clay County High School
Poster Contest Winner - John Adams Middle School

Most Team Spirit - West Chapmanville Elementary

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For more information, please contact:

Melissa Thompson, P.E.
BridgeValley CTC
Room 224 Advanced Technology Center, South Charleston