By MELINDA MAWDSLEY/The Grand Junction Daily Sentinel
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
 
When Chris Ransier decided to become a certified land surveyor, the Grand Junction man never thought his job would involve world records.
 
On Friday and Saturday, however, Ransier will measure attempts to break the world record for the distance a pumpkin is blasted by a cannon. The mark is 4,491 feet.
 
Ransier was asked to attend the Moab Pumpkin Chuckin’ Festival with his surveying instruments so that he could measure the attempt for the Guinness Book of World Records. Ransier’s firm, Souder, Miller & Associates, has done work previously in the city of Moab, which is how Ransier thinks event organizers found him in Grand Junction.
 
Ransier said measuring the distance a pumpkin is blasted from an air cannon is the most unusual job he ever has been assigned. But his two young sons will be with him, and they enjoy watching things fly in the sky. ...