Of all the bad holiday gifts, perhaps none is as much maligned as fruitcake. But for those who have extra, unwanted loaves lying around, Manitou Springs, Colorado has the ultimate solution.
The 17th Annual Fruitcake
Toss, on 14 January,
offers a full day of dessert-disposing competitions. The original event, the basic
“Fruitcake Toss”, gives contestants the chance to physically throw a one pound fruitcake
as far as possible. Over the years, however, the competition has evolved to
include more sophisticated methods of hurling baked goods. The “Fruitcake
Launch”, a separate competition held on the same day, allows contestants to use
mechanical devices, pressurized air guns and cannons to launch a two pound confection
across an empty field in hopes of earning the coveted trophy and bragging
rights for farthest travelling fruitcake. A team of Boeing engineers holds the current record of 1,500ft,
breaking their own previously set record of 1,450ft just last year.
competitions include “Catch the Fruitcake”, where up to three team members
stand in the field and must catch the four fruitcakes launched, and “Accuracy
With Targets”, where shooters try to hit angled targets at 75ft, 125ft and
food is the only entry fee, which goes to support local charities. While
organizers strongly encourage participants to bring or bake their own fruitcake
for the events, a limited number of the maligned baked goods are available to
“rent” for $1.