South Bay Pumpkin Smash

6th Annual “Game of Throws”

On Saturday morning, November 6th, 2021 teams of students from grades 3 through 12 will lay siege to Eastlake Middle School in Chula Vista, California for the fourth annual South Bay Pumpkin Smash “Game of Throws.” Their aim…to win honor and prizes by hurtling leftover Halloween pumpkins with both accuracy and distance using school and homemade Medieval-style technology.

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What is the “Game of Throws”?

This program encourages teams of students to research, design, build, test, and compete in a pumpkin throwing contest using a medieval mechanical device. Teams are comprised of three divisions; grades 3rd – 6th is Division III, 7th & 8th is Division II, and 9th – 12th is Division I. Each division builds an age appropriately sized device and compete in an accuracy contest, meaning closest to the target.  Each team gets four throws.  The first is a non-scoring throw to test the device.  The second and third are for accuracy, and the fourth is for distance and fun.


Thank you Past Partners, Sponsors, and Supporters!

This event is the fruition of the partnership of Sweetwater Union High School District (SUHSD), Friends of Chula Vista Park and Recreation, and Michael Monaco, publisher of Our Hometown  & Ella South Bay Magazines. This event would not have been possible without the generous support of Supervisor Greg Cox, Baldwin & Sons, The Chula Vista Fire Department, Naval Air Systems Command STEM Outreach Program (NAVAIR), The Eastlake Educational Foundation, The Chula Vista Rotary Club – Eastlake, and The Family of Stephen Ablahad.  Special thanks go to Principal Ricardo Cooke, Ed. D. and Eastlake Middle School for allowing us to use their school.