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Family maintains hold on pit-spitting contest

July 5, 2014
Associated Press

EAU CLAIRE, Mich. (AP) — When it comes to pit spitting in southwestern Michigan, it's tough to beat the Krause family.

Brian Krause has won the 41st International Cherry Pit Spitting Championship on Saturday with a distance of 80 feet, 8 inches.

His father, Rick, placed second with 77 feet, 7½ inches.

Brian's win made it 26 of 41 for the Krause family since Tree-Mendus Fruit Farm owner Herb Teichman launched the tournament in 1974 as a lark — but also to mark the region's tart cherry harvest.

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

Brian Krause holds the record spit of 93 feet, 6½ inches set in 2003 at the farm in Eau Claire, just north of the Indiana border.





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