SLIDESHOW: Rachel’s Kids Pumpkin drop

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By Nick Seebruch
SLIDESHOW: Rachel’s Kids Pumpkin drop
Pictured in the back row are Jim Reid, Kim Lauzon and Shea Marshall-Zoppas. In front are Lindsay and Payton Desjardins. They stand in front of the giant pumpkin before it is dropped on Saturday, Oct. 26, 2019 (Nick Seebruch/ Seaway News).

CORNWALL, Ontario – On Saturday, Oct. 26 Rachel’s Kids held their annual Pumpkin Drop in the Freshco parking lot.

The giant pumpkin provided by Jim and Terry Reid was filled with hundreds of numbered ping pong balls.

The pumpkin was then hoisted over 100 ft. into the air by a large crane and then dropped onto the large X marked on the pavement below.

Upon impact, the pumpkin exploded with a loud bang sending pumpkin and ping pong balls flying for hundreds of feat in every direction.

The owner of the ping pong ball that landed closest to the X won $1,000. Balls were $5 each and profits from the fundraiser went to support Rachel’s Kids House of Hope.

Rachel’s Kids House of Hope supports children and their families who are living with autism spectrum disorder, as well as children fighting diseases such as childhood cancer.

“This event is something different in the community and it is something different for the kids,” said Kim Lauzon, Executive Director of Rachel’s Kids. “The weather is amazing today, which is really helping us out.”

The winner of the $1,000 prize was Jonny Larochelle with ball 334.

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