Cherry-Spitting Contest Pits Father Against Son Every first Saturday of July since 1974, people flock to a cherry farm in Eau Claire in southwest Michigan to see who can spit a cherry pit the farthest. For the past few years, a father and his son have been dueling for the championship.
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Cherry-Spitting Contest Pits Father Against Son

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LIANE HANSEN, host:

Yesterday, in Eau Claire, Michigan, a father and son faced off against each other. This was not a family feud, but a real spitting contest. The challenge took place at the 35th Annual International Cherry Pit Spitting Championship.

(Soundbite of 35th Annual International Cherry Pit Spitting Championship)

Unidentified Announcer: Our last two contestants, son and dad, Brian "Young Gun" Krause followed by Rick "Pellet Gun" Krause.

HANSEN: Young Gun is the 30-year-old son of Pellet Gun, and the world distance record holder of 93 feet, six and a half inches. Each contestant has three tries.

(Soundbite of 35th Annual International Cherry Pit Spitting Championship)

Unidentified Announcer: One more here from Young Gun.

Mr. BRIAN KRAUSE (Cherry Pit Spitting Champion): Got a good feeling about this.

HANSEN: And Young Gun spits.

(Soundbite of Young Gun spitting)

(Soundbite of applause)

Unidentified Man #1: Nice spit.

Unidentified Man #2: Fifty-six, seven and a half inches.

Unidentified Woman: Fifty-six feet, seven and a half inches.

HANSEN: Then, the father steps up.

Unidentified Man #3: Hey, Rick, show him how it's done.

HANSEN: Pellet Gun's pit rolled back a few inches, affecting the distance score.

Unidentified Announcer: Pellet Gun.

(Soundbite of crowd jeering)

HANSEN: In the end, Young Gun took the prize.

Mr. BRIAN KRAUSE: My name is Brian Krause. They call me - Young Gun Krause works, too. It's my 28th year here. I've been here since I was two, and it's my 7th world title.

HANSEN: But dad Rick 'Pellet Gun' Krause was not a sore loser.

Mr. RICK KRAUSE (Former Cherry Pit Spitting Champion): Yeah, I think I got a little bit of a bad roll there. I think I had it a little bit further, and it kind of rolled back. But, you know, at least it stayed in the family. And I think between Brian and myself, I think we've won the thing probably the last six or seven years in a row, so...

HANSEN: For the record, there is no prize money. Tree-Mendus Fruit Farm owner Herb Teichman awards the champion a tree for the day to pick all the cherries he wants, or he can trade.

Mr. HERB TEICHMAN (Owner, Tree-Mendus Fruit Farm): If you want to trade the apple tree for a cherry tree, we can make that arrangement.

Mr. BRIAN KRAUSE: I'm good with the apple.

Mr. TEICHMAN: He's good with the apple. All right. We'll see you in the fall then, and next year.

Mr. BRIAN KRAUSE: All right.

Mr. TEICHMAN: Bring the family down, have a family reunion around your apple tree.

Mr. BRIAN KRAUSE: All right.

HANSEN: The 35th Annual International Cherry Pit Spitting Championship. It's been a tradition every first Saturday of July in Eau Claire, Michigan. Our thanks to Gordon Evans of WMUK in Kalamazoo, Michigan.

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