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Giant Squash CF slingshots return to Kingston Nov. 4

CF champion Tim Vallillee teamed up with his wife and son – Agatha and Isaiah – when it was his turn to launch a pumpkin into the air with the Squash CF slingshot last year.
CF champion Tim Vallillee teamed up with his wife and son – Agatha and Isaiah – when it was his turn to launch a pumpkin into the air with the Squash CF slingshot last year.

KINGSTON - There’s something about slinging pumpkins at a field of prize targets that keeps crowds coming back year after year.

And Squash CF creator Tim Vallillee hopes 2017 will be no exception.

The 7th annual Squash CF Pumpkin Launch is slated for Nov. 4, with a rain date of Nov. 5 scheduled if needed. The fun will run from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the ball field beside the Credit Union Centre arena in Kingston.

Two 14-foot tall slingshots will be set up to allow participants wanting to test their luck at the launchers to take aim at targets associated with prizes donated by local businesses. The event is free to attend, but it costs $5 per pumpkin to try the giant slingshot.

“Our pumpkin launch has grown leaps and bounds since our first event in 2011, which raised just under $2,000. With the help of Scotiabank’s matching funds program, we are hoping to break the $10,000 mark,” said Vallillee, a 49-year-old CF champion, in a press release.

The fundraiser, hosted by the South West Nova and Valley Chapter of Cystic Fibrosis, collects donations in support of Cystic Fibrosis research.

“Our crazy little idea has really held the hearts of Valley people, having many folks coming back year after year to help support our efforts in fighting Cystic Fibrosis,” said Agatha Bourassa, president of the local CF Chapter.

Some of the prizes lined up for the upcoming event include: $500 to Atlantic Superstore, an iPad from Telus Mobility, $500 from the Bruce Auto Group, $300 in furnace oil from Savage Oil and more than 15 other prizes.

Learn more about Squash CF at www.squashcf.org.

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