KENTVILLE – The fight against cystic fibrosis continues this year with the Squash CF pumpkin-launch event throwing it down at not one, but two Annapolis Valley locations.
The event has been expanded and will launch this year in Kentville on Oct. 27 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Kings County Academy soccer field. It will also take place at its regular haunt on Nov. 3 in Kingston at the Credit Union Centre field.
Tim Vallilee lives with Cystic Fibrosis, and started the event with his wife, Agatha Bourassa and son Isaiah to raise funds for the disease. It’s now been eight years, and Vallilee said smashing pumpkins for a good cause is still going strong.
“It’s such a fun event, and it is pumpkin season in the Annapolis Valley – perfect timing, and we’re really excited to bring the event to Kentville this year,” said Vallilee.
The event is comprised of a 14-foot tall pumpkin slingshot which launches pumpkins towards a target. Each throw is delivered by a different contestant in the hopes of hitting a target and winning its associated prize.
This year’s event will include around 20 targets, and a special launcher for kids aged seven and under.
Vallilee said that while some targets are placed further away than others, it’s not distance that should be each contestant’s primary concern.
“The slingshot can fling the pumpkin far, so it’s really the accuracy that counts,” he said.
Vallilee said the event has drawn nearly 1,000 people in past years and raises around $5,000 for CF. The cost to play is $5 per launch for participants ages eight and over, and $2 for those ages seven and under. Up for grabs among this year’s prizes is a 50-inch TV and other prizes valued up to $500.
The Kentville Kinsmen will also be running a barbeque station at the event, with proceeds also going to CF.
Vallilee said he also wants to thank volunteers to help with the event year after year, and assist with helping participants fill out entry forms and with set up and tear down of the event – including the cleaning up of pumpkin guts.
“We have many volunteers, and could not do this without them – we always really appreciate the help,” he said.
For more event details, visit www.squashcf.org.