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Illinois Punkin' Chuckin' contest is on after all

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By PAUL J. RICHARDS By PAUL J. RICHARDS

GIRARD, Ill. (AP) -- The pumpkins will fly after all at the annual Punkin' Chuckin' festival in central Illinois this weekend.

The event, in which teams hurl pumpkins, has faced several obstacles this year. First, the owner of the land on which the contest is normally held in Pekin cut it to one day instead of two because he objected to holding it on the Sabbath.

Then, it was called off altogether because heavy rain had left the field too soggy.

Now, the community of Girard, about 30 miles south of Springfield, says it will host the event Saturday to the presumable delight of pumpkin lovers.

The (Springfield) State Journal-Register reports that 20 teams have been invited there to participate in the event.

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