Volunteer assists with loading and pitching pumpkins with the trebuchet at last year’s event.

Volunteer assists with loading and pitching pumpkins with the trebuchet at last year’s event.

Unsold and collected pumpkins will be launched using catapults and a trebuchet in the Silverton Hotel and Casino parking lot.

The catapults were built by East Career Technical Academy students under the guidance of Fausto Vega, who teaches construction skills at the school.

The trebuchet was built by Southern Nevada Recycling Coordinator, Rachel Lewison and retired U.S. Air Force Director, Bruce Romeo.

The catapults are expected to launch the pumpkins about 50 feet while the trebuchet is expected to cover a 100-foot distance.

The launched pumpkins will be composted into soil.

This is the second annual Pitch-a-Pumpkin event.

Flag of NevadaIt was originally called “Admission Day” and celebrated by the Pacific Coast Pioneer Society back in the 1870s, and October 31 became a state-recognized holiday in 1933.

However, the date was tweaked in 2000 to the final Friday of October in the hopes that a three-day weekend would gain greater participation. It also avoids the coinciding of the holiday with Halloween, though occasionally it still does fall on October 31.

Nevada Day is the biggest statehood celebration in the whole United States, and the main attraction is the Carson Parade in downtown Carson City, the state capital.

 

Clipart of a carton of chocolate milk with a straw.Chocolate milk still has the same healthy nutrients, like calcium, protein, vitamin D, potassium, and magnesium, that white milk has.

But it has added sugar.

Added sugars give us extra calories that can lead to weight gain.

Chocolate milk can be part of a healthy diet, but if your child likes white milk, serve that most of the time and chocolate milk occasionally.

When you serve chocolate milk, choose fat-free or 1% chocolate milk.

Adapted from Iowa Department of Public Health.