Positioned high above Appalachian Power Park in downtown Charleston, crane operators drop student-designed pumpkin containers to the ground at the 15th annual Capital City Pumpkin Drop. The goal was to design a container that would keep the pumpkin from smashing.
More than 1,000 students from 27 schools participated. They ranged in age from elementary school to college. Below right, Clark Ford, a Bridgemont student volunteer, left, and Bridgemont professor Abraham Falsafi, a judge for the event, look over the crash site. Students used everything from marshmallows to stuffed animals to protect their cargo.
In the high school division, Sherman took first place, Tug Valley was awarded second place and Huntington placed third.
East Fairmont Junior High won the middle school division, followed by Horace Mann and John Adams.
Leon Elementary was first among elementary schools with New River taking second and Sherman coming in third.
Eastern Greenbrier Middle School took home the Grand Slam Champions Award. Greenbrier East High School and Elkview Middle tied in the Most Sustainable category. New River Elementary took most creative.