Punkin Chunkin gets green flag to go at Dover International Speedway

DOVER – Dover International Speedway and the World Championship Punkin Chunkin Association announced Friday the 2015 event will be held Nov. 7-8 on the speedway grounds.

Tickets are on sale for $10 per person per day, with an early bird special available of $16 per person for a two-day pass. Tent and RV camping options are also available.

The 2014 event was postponed, and this will mark the 28th year of the event.

Punkin Chunkin could leave state, senator warns – Failure to cap lawsuit awards might force event to be relocated

DOVER — Punkin Chunkin could be in danger of leaving the state, according to one lawmaker.

For more than 25 years, the event was held in Sussex County, most recently at Wheatley Farms in Bridgeville.

But a 2013 lawsuit from a volunteer injured during the festival caused the landowner to pull his property as a site for the event.

Punkin Chunkin was shifted to Dover to take place at Dover International Speedway, but technical difficulties and an inability to set up in time caused it to be canceled in 2014.

With no location scheduled beyond that, Sen. Brian Pettyjohn, R-Georgetown, said he’s worried what has been a fall tradition will go elsewhere.

“I have heard directly from the organizers that there is a distinct possibility that it might have to go out of state,” he said.

As a result, he introduced a bill that would cap noneconomic damages at $1 million for select special events. The Republican-backed Senate Bill 14 would apply only to special events held by nonprofits once a year.

It’s a a continuation of a proposal Sen. Pettyjohn first sketched out in the prior legislative session.

The bill faced opposition from the Delaware Trial Lawyers Association (DTLA), who feared it would lead to larger tort reform.

On Wednesday, the Senate Executive Committee declined to release the proposal, with the four Democrats voting against release and the two Republicans voting . Five of the six members of the committee represent New Castle County.