Michigan farm to host 41st pit-spitting contest

EAU CLAIRE, Mich. (AP) — It’s spitting time again.

The 41st International Cherry Pit Spitting Championship is set for Saturday at Tree-Mendus Fruit Farm in the southwestern Michigan community of Eau Claire, just north of the Indiana border.

Last year’s big winner was Matt “BB Gun” Krause with a distance of 41 feet, 6½ inches.

Matt’s win made it 25 of 40 for the Krause family since owner Herb Teichman launched the tournament in 1974 as a lark — but also to mark the region’s tart cherry harvest.

Matt Krause’s father, Rick “Pellet Gun” Krause, and older brother, Brian “Young Gun” Krause, are past winners.

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