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31st Annual Pumpkin Drop

Pumpkin in box with parachute dropping from the building while people watch from the top.

Photos by Persinger

On a day that saw 355 pumpkins take the 11-story dive from atop West Virginia University’s Engineering Sciences Building, it was team 314 from South Middle School in Morgantown that took top honors in the 31st Annual Pumpkin Drop. Their pumpkin landed just one foot from the target, earning them the $100 first prize. 

Teams from West Virginia, Pennsylvania and Texas competed in the event, which aims to teach engineering concepts by designing an enclosure to protect the pumpkin from damage when dropped from the roof of the building. 

The Pumpkin Drop was sponsored by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers chapter at WVU. Proceeds benefit the Ronald McDonald House in Morgantown.