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Catapult for distance: New contest added to Applefest at Carlos Creek Winery

Contributed photo Kim Bredeson, owner of Carlos Creek Winery, built a catapult with his two sons, Tyler and Sam. They entered it into a catapult competition and were able to launch a one-gallon jug of water 100 yards.

October may seem far away, but not if you plan on building a catapult.

Carlos Creek Winery in Alexandria will be hosting a Catapult Contest in conjunction with its annual Applefest, which has been slated for October 16 and 17.

The first-ever Catapult Contest will feature four divisions - corporate, collegiate, amateur and high school. Contestants in each division will design and build their own catapult or trebuchet to compete for greatest distance in each division.

Ammunition will be one-gallon jugs of water for corporate, collegiate and amateur divisions with an 800-pound counterweight limit.

Ammo for the high school division will be apples with a 50-pound counterweight.

There will be cash prizes for first, second and third place in each division, as well as a $1,000 grand champion prize for the greatest distance overall.

Teams may be assembled and anyone can enter.

Carlos Creek Winery is looking for college kids, engineers or anyone who wants to build a catapult.

Only a limited number of entries can be accommodated in each division so early registration is encouraged to assure a spot in this new and exciting event. Registration fees apply.

To register for the event or to view rules and guidelines, visit the Carlos Creek Winery website at or contact the winery at (320) 846-5443.