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Phoenix High senior builds 'trebuchet' to help raise money for local non-profit trail association

Phoenix High School senior Adrian Stanfield and his dad plan to have the trebuchet built by the end of Thursday. They have already put in about six hours over the last week.

Posted: Oct 3, 2019 5:42 PM
Updated: Oct 3, 2019 6:48 PM

PHOENIX, Ore. -- Phoenix High School senior Adrian Stanfield and his dad plan to have the trebuchet built by the end of Thursday. They have already put in about six hours over the last week.

A trebuchet is a type of catapult. It uses a counterweight (in this case 400 pounds worth of sand bags) to propel its arm a throw an object (in this case, pumpkins).

Stanfield's trebuchet will be used at the Siskiyou Upland Trails Association (SUTA) fundraiser in a few weeks.

"It kind of had a personal connection with me as well. I really love being outdoors," said Stanfield. "It's important to keep trails up to date. Helping the community is really important."

The Siskiyou Upland Trails Association is hosting a pumpkin chucking competition. Anyone can participate. Each pumpkin costs $5 to chuck. The non-profit is trying to add four more miles to the Jack-Ash Trail just south of Jacksonville. It costs about $10,000 to add one mile of trail. Last year, the organization only had one trebuchet and raised about $4,000. Ives said two trebuchets will allow the non-profit to double the money raised.

"I thought it would be great to get high school kids involved in it. It involves engineering and math and construction and it's just fun to do those things and learn. We were lucky to find Adrian because he's taken charge and has been quite reponsible and made it happen," said Volunteer Maggie Ives.

This build has slowly become Stanfield's senior project. He'll also earn community service hours for this project. Stanfield and his dad will test the trebuchet Saturday and make minor adjustments.

The Harvest Festival and Pumpkin Chuckin' Fundraiser is at LongSword Vineyard on Saturday, October 12th and Sunday, October 13th.

You can chuck pumpkins from 12PM-5PM both days.

Prizes wll be awarded for the farthest hurl, prettiest decorated pumpkin and hitting the Jack-Ash target.


In case you haven't had the distinct pleasure of viewing a pumpkin tossed via homemade trebuchet before, you may find the SUTA video below enlightening.

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