For Immediate Release
Sean Bonney
Community Engagement Manager
Library Hosting Trebuchet Contest Saturday, April 27
Photo: The Free Lance–Star
Fredericksburg, Virginia, April 16, 2019 - Central Rappahannock Regional Library is hosting Launch It!, a trebuchet contest, for the third year. The contest will take place at Snowden Park, off of Fall Hill Avenue, on Saturday, April 27. Registration opens at 9:30 a.m. and the contest starts at 10:00 a.m.

New to trebuchets? A trebuchet is a kind of medieval siege engine. Full-sized trebuchets were used to smash down castle walls. This contest will be a fun, family event, and you can join in by bringing your handcrafted trebuchet and testing it against your competitors!

Contestants needing help crafting their trebuchets can attend CRRL's final trebuchet construction lesson Tuesday, April 23, 3:30-5:30 p.m. in the Fredericksburg Branch MakerLab.

Contest entries may be submitted in the following categories: 

  • Middle School
  • High School
  • Adult
  • Family

Trebuchets will be judged on the following criteria:

  • Distance
  • Accuracy
  • Most Creative


  • You must have a name for your trebuchet. For example, King Edward I's trebuchet was called Warwolf.
  • The dimensions of your trebuchet may be no larger than 2 x 2 x 2 feet.
  • CRRL will provide projectiles which are less than 2 inches in diameter.
  • Projectiles must remain intact until they hit the ground.
  • All trebuchets must be propelled by gravity (no springs, no elastics, no compressed air or water, no explosives).
  • CRRL judges are the final arbiters on safety.
Read all about last year's winners, including such creative and awesome entries as Trebuchet 9000 2.0, Hurler, Castle Gayle, Daedra-chet, and Princess Sparkle Glitter Punch.

For more information, contact John Sweton, Network Services,, 540-372-1144 ext. 7024.

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