The Great Pumpkin Launch Destroys Pumpkins, Builds Houses

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At today's Great Pumpkin Launch, smashing pumpkins is taken to a whole new level. Pumpkins are loaded into a giant canon and shot at speeds of up to 900 miles an hour at distances greater than 1,000 feet. The orange bullets are aimed at large wooden targets that are generally destroyed upon the messy, seed-laced impact.

You can catch the action today, Sunday, Oct. 23, from 1-5 p.m. In addition to flying pumpkins, the event will feature a farmer’s market stocked with fresh produce, games for the kids and snacks. There’s also an all-age costume contest, a silent auction, a raffle and live music.

All proceeds benefit the Canyon County Habitat for Humanity’s building program. This charitable program builds homes for needy families in the community. Watching the pumpkins fly from the cannon is free of charge. Just head to the intersection of Orchard and Midway in Nampa, go west a bit, and look out for the flying orange balls.