LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — When Halloween ends, many pumpkins head to the garbage. But instead of doing that, many Las Vegas residents headed to the Silverton to participate in Pitch-a-Pumpkin. It is a solution that kept them out of the garbage and at the same time, put them to good use.
Pitch-a-Pumpkin took place Sunday, Nov. 3 at the Silverton Casino at 3333 Blue Diamond Road between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.
The pumpkins will be recycled and used to make compost. But before that can happen, the gourds were launched by catapults to smash them. Local high school students from East Tech, Silverado and Rancho helped build the catapults and trebuchet. Participants received a prize raffle ticket for every pumpkin launched.
All pumpkins were welcomed, including old moldy ones.
The event is organized by the Southern Nevada Christmas Tree Recycling Committee and Terra Firma. Other sponsors included Wells Fargo, the Silverton Casino and Top Notch.