Capital City Pumpkin Drop (photos, video)

By Staff reports
Chip Ellis
Schoolchildren from across the Mountain State go wild as volunteers throw souvenirs into the crowd at the 15th annual Capital City Pumpkin Drop, held Thursday at Appalachian Power Park.
Chip Ellis
A volunteer at the 15th annual Capital City Pumpkin Drop brings another interesting invention to the field: a pumpkin surrounded by recycled materials.
Chip Ellis
Pumpkin-drop judges Jason Haynes and Abraham Falsafi of Bridgemont Community and Technical College check on the entry from Beale Elementary School, in Gallipolis Ferry, for breakage or cracks after the long plummet from the sky.
Chip Ellis
A pumpkin in a protective box plummets to earth.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The rain held off for the students from 27 schools and 11 counties competing Thursday in the 15th annual Capital City Pumpkin Drop, at Appalachian Power Park.The object of the competition is to design a container to protect a pumpkin using math and science skills. Then, the container with the pumpkin inside is dropped from a height of 60 feet. The students show their creative side by decorating the containers.
 About 15 percent of the pumpkins dropped Thursday survived the fall, according to a news release from Bridgemont Community and Technical College, in its third year of sponsoring the event.Eastern Greenbrier Middle School took home the overall Grand Slam Pumpkin Prize. Other winners included: high school, Sherman High school; middle school, East Fairmont Junior High School; elementary school, Leon Elementary School; most creative design, New River Elementary School; most sustainable design, (tie) Greenbrier East High School and Elkview Middle School; poster design contest, John Adams Middle School.
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