2021 South Bay Pumpkin Smash-Game of Throws November 6th at Eastlake Middle School


2021 South Bay Pumpkin Smash-Game of Throws November 6th at Eastlake Middle School Presented by the Friends of Chula Vista Parks & Recreation

On Saturday morning, November 6th, an enthusiastic crowd of onlookers will cheer on teams of students from grades 3rd through 12th as they lay siege to Eastlake Middle School in Chula Vista for the Fifth Annual South Bay Pumpkin Smash – Game of Throws competition.  The students’ aim?  To win honor and prizes by hurtling leftover Halloween pumpkins with both accuracy and distance using homemade Medieval-style siege devices under the watchful eyes of the event’s King.

Friends of Chula Vista Parks and Recreation

Presented by the Friends of Chula Vista Park & Recreation and co-sponsored by the Sweetwater Union High School District (SUHSD), this free public festival of flying fruit provides boys and girls from all over the South Bay with the opportunity to learn not only history, but also science, engineering, and art by participating in a fun, hands-on project. This event challenges their imaginations and develops their skills in design, construction, and costumes.  Plus, returning this year we have the Open Division.  The Open Division is for non-educational teams like families, service clubs, Boys & Girls Scouts, and youth groups. See event website for details at: bit.ly/sbps-gameofthrows


“The Friends of Chula Vista Parks & Recreation a non-profit foundation couldn’t be more excited to partner with such a fun and exciting STEAM activity. Friends of CVPR support youth development, water safety, and community advocacy for our underserved and at-risk youth. This is a perfect event to engage this community and build self-esteem. Our mission is to promote and assist recreational programs in our community by raising funds and identifying resources and coordinating services all with the emphasis on our youth, states Ashley Gonzalez, President of the Friends of Chula Vista Parks & Recreation.”

“That’s why we’ve created a public spectacle where science meets messy fun,” adds local entrepreneur and publisher, Michael Monaco, the event’s creator and principal organizer. “It’s a free hometown Renaissance competition for the entire community. It’s going to be a smashing good time”.

To view highlights of previous pumpkin smash events, click on link below https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2HUJwNrufAM&ab_channel=Andr%C3%A9Monaco

“Creativity is Imagination in Action – This is STEAM [science, technology, engineering, art and math] at its best. No batteries required & no programming necessary. Participants get to use hand tools on a hands-on project to design and construct a mechanical device to smash pumpkins with accuracy. The possibilities for creativity are endless!” says Dr. Jesus L. Ulloa-Higuera, Previous STEAM Programs Coordinator and newly appointed Launch Virtual Academy Principal for SUHSD. All proceeds from this event will help fund STEAM programs in the South Bay.

The opening ceremony begins at 9 a.m. when the Chula Vista Fire Department will drop the largest pumpkin in the land from the top of a 100-foot fire engine ladder to the cheers of the assembled throng. Look for elected officials and high-ranking members from local school districts to be amongst the attendees.

For information about the event and the required COVID protocols, please contact Michael Monaco at (619) 840-7722.  For information about SUHSD’s participation, contact Dr. Jesus L. Ulloa-Higuera at (619) 600-3340 or go to event website @ http://bit.ly/sbps-gameofthrows

Special COVID Announcement

Sweetwater Union High School District COVID Requirements will be strictly enforced. All team members, spectators, and family members must present a valid vaccination card or have taken a test with a negative test result within 72 hours. No exceptions.