Fruitcake Toss Day is celebrated the first or second weekend of January each year. The first Fruitcake Toss Day was celebrate in Manitou Springs, Colorado in 1995 where it is still celebrated today.
Participants are expected to bring their own fruitcakes which should contain glaceed fruits, nuts and flour. They should not contain anything inedible. The fruitcakes are not “taste tested”, but are inspected by the “Fruitcake Toss Tech Inspectors” before they are allowed to be used for competition. If you happen to forget your fruitcake at home, you may rent a fruitcake for a nominal fee.
There is a distance competition where a 2 pound fruitcake is hurled as far as one can hurl it. The winner is determined by who is able to hurl the fruitcake the farthest. The distance is measured at the final resting spot of the fruitcake, not where it first lands.
In addition to the distance competition, participants can play Catch the Fruitcake where up to three team members must be placed out in the park and are required to catch fruitcakes tossed by their device. Fruitcakes must be a minimum of 1 pound and no more than 4 fruitcakes are launched per team. An award is presented to the team with the team catching the most fruitcakes.
Accuracy with Targets is a great way to compete and not get as messy. Targets will be placed out in the park at distances of 75 feet, 125 feet and 175 feet at varying angles. The goal is for each team to land in or as close to as many targets as possible. If no The team with the most direct hits wins. If no targets are hit then the team with the most fruitcakes closest to the targets win the competition.
Fruitcake Toss Day is a great way to get out and rid yourself of all the holiday fruitcake collected throughout the season.