Chuck pumpkins at targets from zipline in Santa Margarita

Friday, October 16th, 2015

Guests chuck gourds from great heights for a chance to win prizesZipline santa margarita

–From now through Halloween, Margarita Adventures zipline canopy tours is inviting select guests to perform a trick for the chance to win a treat.

Each tour guest during this period is entered into a drawing for the opportunity to toss a complimentary pumpkin from the “Renegade” zipline, an 80-foot-high line that zooms 1,200 feet across a grassy valley.

The object is to aim and drop the pumpkin onto a bullseye target positioned on the ground below. Guests who hit the center of the bullseye win a $99 zipline tour gift certificate for future use. Those who miss the center but still find the inside of the circle win other prizes such as logo shirts.

The odds of being selected to toss a pumpkin are approximately 25 percent. The odds of hitting the target, however, are a bit tougher: “Most guests underestimate their speed and the time it takes the pumpkin to travel to the ground,” says Willie Timpano, general manager of Margarita Adventures. “You want to anticipate those factors and make sure you give yourself a chance.”

The provided pumpkins are grown on the historic Santa Margarita Ranch, right where the zipline tours take place. And don’t worry, there’s no reason to feel bad about leaving the smashed pumpkins behind, as they become a healthy part of the food chain for the ranch’s abundant native wildlife.

“Our guests really get a kick out of watching their gourds explode on the valley floor below,” Timpano said. “So even if you don’t hit the target, you still win a memory you’ll never forget.”

Zipline reservations and information may be found at, or by phone at (805) 438-3120.

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