- Associated Press - Thursday, October 16, 2014

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - The forecast in Charleston calls for raining pumpkins.

Thursday is the 16th annual Capital City Pumpkin Drop. Sponsored by BridgeValley Community and Technical College, the competition involves students from across West Virginia dropping pumpkins in protective containers from a designated height.

The object of the competition is to design a pumpkin-protective container using math and science skills.

The winners will be judged by a team of faculty and staff based on how the pumpkins survive the drop.

This year’s competition features students from 33 elementary, middle and high schools. More than 1,400 students are expected to attend the event.

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