Pumpkin Chuckin’ a highlight of ZombieWauk
By Dan Moran email@example.com | @NewsSunDanMoran October 18, 2013 4:18PM
Updated: November 20, 2013 6:10AM
What does it take to build a pumpkin chucker from scratch?
“There’s a lot of different things you can do,” said Tim Ortiz of Waukegan. “But only having a couple of days’ time, this was a trip to the junkyard for a set of leaf springs and some timber.”
The contraption that was subsequenly tested in a North Side backyard on Friday, Oct. 18, will be among those entered into competition on Saturday when the Waukegan Arts District sponsors a Pumpkin Chuckin’ contest as part of ZombieWauk 2013.
Arts District co-founder Jennifer Moore said at least three businesses — 17 North, Green Town Tavern and North Avenue Tap — will be in a formal contest to hurl pumpkins the greatest distance with a mechanical device of their creation when the event kicks off a 3 p.m. on the southwest corner of Sheridan Road and Clayton Street.
“Right now, no one’s really given us a clue what they’re designing.There’s a sense of secrecy,” she said. “We’ll find out tomorrow what they’ve put together.”
She added that there are some rules that lend a sense of what will be seen on Saturday afternoon: “No gunpowder, no gasoline, no cannons,” she said with a laugh. “It has to be all safe.”
The chucking of pumpkins is one of the strictly outdoor activities planned for ZombieWauk, which was scheduled with several indoor events given the unreliable nature of mid-October weather.
Among the offerings on the formal schedule, which starts with events described as family-friendly at 1 p.m. before switching to more adult themes after 7 p.m.:
• Free screening of director Tim Burton’s stop-motion animated film “Frankenweenie” from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the Waukegan Public Library, 128 N. County St.
• Also at the library, two courtyard events are scheduled to start at 1 p.m. — a reading of Mary Shelley’s “Frankenstein” by storyteller Heather Crain and zombie face painting by “Dungeon of Doom” artist Chuck Castellanos. Those getting their face painted are asked for a $5 donation.
• The Second Annual WAGS (Waukegan Animals Getting Saved) Pet Promenade and Costume Contest will step off at 3 p.m. at Jack Benny Plaza, at the corner of Clayton and Genesee Streets.
• Also at Benny Plaza, the Third Annual Kids Costume Competition will be held from 3:30
p.m. to 4 p.m. Participants should line up for judging by 3:15 p.m.
• Family Piano Co. at 111 S. Genesee is hosting activities that include coloring/drawing contests with prizes and photos with Frankenstein and Elvis from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m.
• The Third Annual Metal on the Rocks, featuring performances by seven bands, is slated for 5 p.m. to midnight at La Opera Grill & Bar, 133 N Genesee. All ages will be admitted until 7 p.m., with participants limited to age 21 and over after 7 p.m.
• A “Zombie Prom” will be held from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. at the Starlight Lounge at 17 North Bar & Grill, 17 N. Genesee. Prizes will be awarded for best couple in costume, scariest costume and most creative costume. Admission is free, with $5 donations accepted to support Waukegan Arts District’s 2014 Summer Saturdays concert series.
With Saturday being the third of the month, ZombieWauk coincides with the city’s monthly ArtWauk, which is scheduled for 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. at art galleries and other participating businesses in the downtown area.
For a complete list of the October ArtWauk offerings, visit the event’s Facebook page or www.artwauk.com.