The National Avocado Launching Championship has been postponed due to unforeseen circumstances that were beyond our control.

The North Platte Visitor Bureau board will be making a decision on May 25th.

National Avocado Launching Championship
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Saturday, May 21, 2022

North Platte, Nebraska

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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]

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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, May 21, 2022 | 10 a.m.
Wild West Arena | 2801 Charlie Evans Dr., North Platte, Nebraska

$100 for a team of 3
Deadline for Registration is May 1st
Each Team Member receives a SWAG Bag and an event t-shirt for their participation.

Registration

Register Now

Saturday, May 21, 2022 | 10 a.m.
Wild West Arena | 2801 Charlie Evans Dr., North Platte, Nebraska

$100 for a team of 3
Deadline for Registration is May 1st
Each Team Member receives a SWAG Bag and an event t-shirt for their participation.

Example Field of Play… it is subject to change

The Competition

Single Elimination Tournament. Capped at 64 Teams. Brackets will be posted up online, a link will be shared in advance to all teams, as well as a print version on display in the on-deck headquarters. [brackethq.com]

The competition will be a Single Elimination Bracket Tournament. Capped at 64 Teams. Teams will be required to attend a pre-launch meeting and mechanism inspection at 9 AM on competition day. Competition will start at 10 AM. 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.

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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Viva Avocados!

RULES

  • Teams consist of 3 persons. Team members must be 18 or older and will be required to sign a liability waiver.
  • Teams will have 3 minutes to set up launching mechanism on launchpad. Only the 3 team members are permitted in the arena for set up or during competition. For safety reasons, all other teams or spectators will remain outside of the arena. A coin flip will determine which team launches first.
  • 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 zone are:

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

  • In case of a tie, a tie-breaker will be determined by the two teams launching 1 avocado at the same time to see who gets the highest points.

RULES

  • Teams consist of 3 persons. Team members must be 18 or older and will be required to sign a liability waiver.
  • Teams will have 3 minutes to set up launching mechanism on launchpad. Only the 3 team members are permitted in the arena for set up or during competition. For safety reasons, all other teams or spectators will remain outside of the arena. A coin flip will determine which team launches first.
  • 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 zone are:

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

  • In case of a tie, a tie-breaker will be determined by the two teams launching 1 avocado at the same time to see who gets the highest points.

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, May 21, 2022, in North Platte, Nebraska

Teams will be required to attend a pre-launch meeting and mechanism inspection at 9 AM on competition day. Competition will start at 10 AM.

$100 for a team of 3

Deadline for Registration is May 1st

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!