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W.Va. students use their nuts to save their squash

Charleston Gazette photo by Chris Dorst The crowd watches Wayne Elementary School’s packaged pumpkin fall to the pavement at Appalachian Power Park.
Charleston Gazette photo by Chris Dorst
The crowd watches Wayne Elementary School’s packaged pumpkin fall to the pavement at Appalachian Power Park.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The smell of fresh, wet squash was impermeable. The crowd roared — despite the cool October drizzle — as more than 30 pumpkins survived a 50-foot drop or became pie filling.

The 16th annual Capital City Pumpkin Drop brought 33 teams from 11 counties to Appalachian Power Park on Thursday. Elementary, middle and high school students tested their engineering skills by building protective shells for pumpkins. The spooky squashes were dropped 50 feet from cherry pickers.

Those that remained intact after the long descent were dubbed winners…

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