On a day when 41 out of 284 pumpkins survived the drop off West Virginia University’s 11-story Engineering Sciences Building, it was team No. 196 from Summersville Middle School which ended up closest to the target, winning the 25th annual Pumpkin Drop.
The team, made up of Jacob Grose, Jackson Reed, Jeff Rader and Eric Castle, engineered the win, with their pumpkin landing 3-feet, 5-inches away from the target. The winners walked away with a check for $50.
Second place went to Justin Ritchie and Brandon Amick, a duo from Richwood Middle School. Their pumpkin landed 3-feet, 10-inches away from the target. Team No. 216, “Boom Goes the Silly Goose,” from Suncrest Middle School finished third, with their pumpkin landing 4-feet, 7-inches from the target. Prizes for second and third place are $25 and $10, respectively.
The event is sponsored by the WVU student chapter of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. Proceeds from the event benefit Ronald McDonald House of Morgantown.