Watch out for flying pumpkins because Punkin Chunkin is BACK Friday through Sunday, Oct. 6 to 8 at the Arapahoe Park Racetrack.

Country music duo The Swon Brothers kick off the weekend's festivities with a concert under the stars at 6 p.m. on Oct. 6. Food trucks and autumn-inspired brews will be available to fuel hours of boot-stomping fun.

The 18th annual competition and family-friendly fall festival runs that Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. You have to see the Punkin Chunkin competition to believe it. More than 20 teams will bring their crazy, hand-crafted machines to compete against gravity and each other for distance and accuracy. Some of the bigger machines can fling pumpkins almost a mile! That's right. A MILE!

Loop Rawlins' One Man Wild West show and local bluegrass and rock bands create one of the best Punkin Chunkin entertainment schedules ever! Other festival activities include a Corvette car show, pumpkin patch, pumpkin carving, pony rides, giant vegetables, petting zoo, giant slide, blow-up corn maze and a 25-foot-tall "Summit Plummet" free fall ride. Official merchandise including T-shirts, caps, cups and koozies will be on sale this year and a wide range of food and beverage vendors will be there to satisfy any craving!

Skip the line and purchase your tickets online at The Swon Brothers Friday night concert tickets are $12 in advance ($15 at the gate) and grant free access to the festival the entire weekend. Festival tickets are only $5 a day for those five years and older and are free for those 4 years and younger. On-site parking is always FREE. We can't wait to see you there!

Note: For their own safety, pets are not allowed anywhere on the event site.

More information and tickets available at