1st-ever Operation Pumpkin Drop in Saskatoon raises $9K for local pediatrics fund
Early Halloween display of carnage raises money for Saskatoon Fire Fighters Pediatric Fund
You could do worse for a Sunday afternoon.
A charity-minded insurance industry fraternity partnered with several Saskatoon businesses Sunday to drop three giant pumpkins from a height of about 35 metres in the middle of a field.
It was all to raise money for the Saskatoon Fire Fighters Pediatric Fund, which helps fund programs like the Cancer Summer Camp Program.
"What else are you going to do on a Sunday in October?" said Brennen Mills, a member of the Saskatoon chapter of the Honourable Order of the Blue Goose International, the insurance industry fraternity.
One pumpkin, weighing around 600 kilograms, was suspended from a 40-metre crane (the largest that H&H Crane could lend out) and dropped onto a unclaimed Nissan Maxima, donated by Saskatchewan Government Insurance.
"It's kind of a shame. It's actually a nice-looking car. I just hope we don't miss," said Mills before the event.
They did not.
"It's a brilliant idea for a fundraiser, what a great idea," said Michelle Clelend, who heard about the event online but went to the field at Black Fox Farm and Distillery to see for herself.
"So ridiculous that it brings a crowd."
Another pumpkin — which, like the others, came courtesy of Airdrie, Alta., grower Eddy Zaychkowsky — was hollowed out and filled with numbered table-tennis balls before being dropped onto a target: a dug-out cup and flag courtesy of Moon Lake Golf and Country Club.
Each ball was sold for five dollars, with the ball landing closest to the target nabbing a grand prize.
Once it was, they descended on the field like a ravenous horde straight out of Braveheart.
They were not disappointed.
The event ultimately raised around $9,000 for the fund.
All that was missing was musical accompaniment from The Smashing Pumpkins.
"Next year," said Brennen.
with files from Trevor Bothorel and Marianne Meunier