National Avocado Launching Championship
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Saturday, September 10, 2022

North Platte, Nebraska

Welcome to the

National Avocado Launching Championship

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About

The National Avocado Launching Championship is exactly what it sounds like: a national avocado launching championship.

Teams of three will compete to score the most points by launching avocados at targets using slingshots, water balloon launchers, resistance bands, bulging muscles — basically, any launcher that is human-powered. No air guns, potato guns, flames, laser beams, or booster rockets. [View official rules and regulations]

BONUS! NALC is Partnering up with the Western Nebraska Craft Beer Festival at Pals Brewing Company, also on September 10th from 4-7PM. Team participants are eligible to receive discounted tickets to the event.

Up to 3 tickets per team are eligible for the discount, which can be purchased directly through registration. Additional tickets for friends and family, or more event information, go to Western Nebraska Craft Beer Festival – Tickets go on Sale July 10th!

Previously registered for the NALC before it was rescheduled? You’re eligible for the discounted Western Nebraska Craft Beer Festival Tickets, too! Someone will reach out to the Team Captain directly with information on how to purchase these tickets.

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Saturday, September 10, 2022 | 8 a.m.
Wild West Arena | 2801 Charlie Evans Dr., North Platte, Nebraska

$100 for a team of 3
Deadline for Registration is August 28

Why is this a thing?

Because if there’s a wife-carrying championship, why isn’t there an avocado launching championship?

So grab your friends, build a team with only the strongest, gnarliest, the hardest of the hardcore, and meet us in North Platte, Nebraska.

We’ll provide the avocados.

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Saturday, September 10, 2022 | 8 a.m.
Wild West Arena | 2801 Charlie Evans Dr., North Platte, Nebraska

Schedule of Events:

  • Check-in Begins at 7:00 a.m.
  • Launching Mechanism Inspection 7:00 – 7:45 a.m.
  • Pre-Competition Meeting 7:50 a.m.
  • Competition Begins 8 a.m.
  • Estimated to Conclude by 2 p.m. [Plenty of time to head to the Western Nebraska Craft Beer Festival]

$100 for a team of 3
Deadline for Registration is August 28
Each Team Member receives a SWAG Bag and an event t-shirt for their participation.

BONUS! NALC is Partnering up with the Western Nebraska Craft Beer Festival at Pals Brewing Company, also on September 10th from 4-7PM. Team participants are eligible to receive discounted tickets to the event.

Up to 3 tickets per team are eligible for the discount, which can be purchased directly through registration. Additional tickets for friends and family, or more event information, go to Western Nebraska Craft Beer Festival – Tickets go on Sale July 10th!

Previously registered for the NALC before it was rescheduled? You’re eligible for the discounted Western Nebraska Craft Beer Festival Tickets, too! Someone will reach out to the Team Captain directly with information on how to purchase these tickets.

Registration

Register Now

Saturday, September 10, 2022 | 8 a.m.
Wild West Arena | 2801 Charlie Evans Dr., North Platte, Nebraska

Schedule of Events:

  • Check-in Begins at 7:00 a.m.
  • Launching Mechanism Inspection 7:00 – 7:45 a.m.
  • Pre-Competition Meeting 7:50 a.m.
  • Competition Begins 8 a.m.
  • Estimated to Conclude by 2 p.m. [Plenty of time to head to the Western Nebraska Craft Beer Festival]

$100 for a team of 3
Deadline for Registration is August 28
Each Team Member receives a SWAG Bag and an event t-shirt for their participation.

BONUS! NALC is Partnering up with the Western Nebraska Craft Beer Festival at Pals Brewing Company, also on September 10th from 4-7PM. Team participants are eligible to receive discounted tickets to the event.

Up to 3 tickets per team are eligible for the discount, which can be purchased directly through registration. Additional tickets for friends and family, or more event information, go to Western Nebraska Craft Beer Festival – Tickets go on Sale July 10th!

Previously registered for the NALC before it was rescheduled? You’re eligible for the discounted Western Nebraska Craft Beer Festival Tickets, too! Someone will reach out to the Team Captain directly with information on how to purchase these tickets.

Test Day & Pre-Competition Rendezvous

Friday, September 9th, from 3:00 – 7:00 pm, Wild West Arena

Open Testing: 3:00 – 7:00PM

Food: 5:30 – 6:30 pm

Band (TBA): 5:00 – 7:00 pm

  • Open testing, first-come-first-serve
  • Avocados NOT provided during testing
  • Register in advance
  • Everyone is Welcome! Each participant receives 4 meal tickets. Additional Tickets for friends and family are available to purchase at $10 per ticket
Viva Avocados!

Competition & Rules

  • Teams consist of 3 persons. Team members must be 18 or older and will be required to sign a liability waiver.

  • Event is capped at 60 teams.

  • Single Elimination – kind of?! 3 Teams will be launching at one time… 2 teams will be eliminated and only 1 team will advance to the next round.

  • Teams will have a total of 3 minutes to set up launching mechanism on launch zone. Team Captains, upon entering the competition launch zone, will draw for high card to determine the order of launching, Ace high.

  • For safety reasons, only the 3 registered persons per team are permitted in the designated launch zone during their scheduled launch, along with our highly trained NALC Staff and Volunteers are permitted in the arena. All other teams or spectators will remain outside of the competition arena.

  • Teams will alternate shooting 3 avocados each, with a time limit of 30 seconds per launch, to earn points and move on to the next round. Each target, or cattle tank, will be propped up slightly. In order to hit the tank, you will need to launch the avocado into the air. The avocado must make contact with a target in order to get points (side or top). Bouncing (from the ground to the tank) does not count. The distance to the target zones are (approximately, but pretty close):

    Front – 170 ft.
    Center – 200 ft.
    Back – 230 ft.
    Width of Total Target Zone – 60 ft.

  • Tie-breaker will be decided by a shootout.
  • Prize Money will be awarded to the Final 4 and trophies awarded to the Champion and Runner-up. A true 3rd and 4th place will be determined, not by launching, but by whichever team accumulated the most points during the entire competition, will be considered 3rd place.

    Champion – $5,000
    Runner-up – $4,000
    3rd Place – $2,400
    4th Place – $1,200

Example Field of Play… it is subject to change

Top 4 finishers will earn prize money

Champion – $5,000
Runner-up – $4,000
3rd Place – $2,400
4th Place – $1,200

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Launching Mechanism Regulations

All participants must have a launching mechanism in order to compete. Mechanisms must run with human-powered energy, which may include:

  • Counterweight
  • Springs
  • Rubber bands
  • Muscle
  • Etc.

Good Example: Slingshot, Water Balloon Launcher

Launching Mechanisms must NOT include:

  • Explosives
  • Flames
  • External water propulsion
  • Fuel
  • Combustible
  • Electronics
  • Compressed air of any kind
  • Hydraulics

Bad Example: Air Gun, Potato Gun, Throwing by Human Force…

There is no height or weight limit of the launching mechanism; however, it must fit in a 20×20 ft. launch area, and only the 3 registered participants are permitted to transport it into the launch area.

The mechanism must be mobile, not fixed. Digging into the ground is not permitted. Ground stakes, ropes, wires, and straps may be used for safety reasons, if needed, and must be provided by the teams. If the launching mechanism breaks during competition and cannot be fixed before the team’s next turn, the team will be disqualified.

All avocados will be provided for the competition. Teams are not permitted to bring their own.

NO outside Avocados!
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FAQ

The National Avocado Launching Championship is exactly what it sounds like: a national avocado launching championship.

Teams of three will compete to score the most points by launching avocados at targets using slingshots, water balloon launchers, resistance bands, bulging muscles — basically, any launcher that is human-powered. No air guns, potato guns, flames, laser beams, or booster rockets. [View official rules and regulations]

Because doing dumb stuff is fun!

Saturday, September 10, 2022, in North Platte, Nebraska

Teams will be required to attend a pre-launch meeting and mechanism inspection at 7 AM on competition day. Competition will start at 8 AM.

$100 for a team of 3

Deadline for Registration is August 28th

Top 4 finishers will earn prize money:

Champion – $5,000
Runner-up – $4,000
3rd Place – $2,400
4th Place – $1,200

Because doing dumb stuff is fun!

Beer. Lots of beer. On September 10, craft breweries from all over state of Nebraska will gather in North Platte to celebrate good beer and good times. Spend your morning launching avocados, then go enjoy a few cold ones with a few good friends.

Learn more about this event.