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This trebuchet was constructed by Patrick Kinney to entertain visitors to the Pumpkin Patch at Badlands Sno-Park. It hurls pumpkins to the thrill of visitors. Submitted photo

Medieval weapon comes to life in contemporary times

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The trebuchet is known to have been used in China as early as 300 B.C. Most people might associate it more with medieval times when it was the military weapon of choice for invading forces. What is unique about this type of catapult is that it has a sling in which the ammunition is placed.

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