CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Dozens of pumpkins were falling from the sky at Appalachian Power Park in Charleston on Thursday.
“We did put hay in ours to make it lighter,” Qamar Alyasin, a 6th grader at John Adams Middle School told MetroNews. “It’s also recyclable material which gives us extra points. It can hold up the pumpkin well, we already tested the pumpkin out and it’s very sustainable.”
The students’ design boxes for the competition with weight limits and other restrictions about what they can put inside. The pumpkin inside the box is then dropped from the top of a ladder on an AEP truck. Pumpkins with no marks, bumps or breaks advance to the next round.
John Adams Middle School, which sits in Charleston, had a design that featured two layers of hay and a blanket.
“You learn how to take something that is a normal thing and turn it into something that can win and be helpful,” Alyasin said.
“This also teaches you that if you lose, you can try again and come back.”