Join us for the 47th Annual
International Cherry Pit-Spitting Championship
Saturday, July 4th, 2020

46th International Cherry Pit Spitting Championship
Father-Daughter Duo Spit Way to Top
Tree-Mendus Fruit Farm, EAU CLAIRE, MI (July 6, 2019). Kevin “Boomerang” Bartz, 53 of Niles, felt the return of “Champion” status as he spat a red tart cherry pit 58’ 3-1/4” to capture his second championship victory at the International Cherry Pit Spitting Championship held here at Tree-Mendus Fruit Farm near Eau Claire, MI. Boomerang’s previous championship win was in 2015 with a spit of 48’ 8”. Second place was Kevin Hester, age 47 of St. Joseph, with a spit of 54’ 9-1/4”. Rick “Pellet Gun” Krause, 18-time champ, took third with a spit of 46’ 5-1/2”.
Boomerang wasn’t the only Bartz to return to a spit-acular win. Daughter Chloe, 18, took her third title as Women’s Division Champion with a spit of 44’ 5-1/4”. The Women’s second place winner was Mary Hester, 36’ 5-1/2”, of St. Joseph, MI.
The three-generation Bartz family of cherry pit spitters – Grandfather Richard, Boomerang, Chloe and Zach – can boast 10 youth wins, three women’s division titles, and now three championships. Richard Bartz was the 1977 Champion (47’ 3-1/2”) and a young Kevin (later “Boomerang”) won the youth award in 1979 with a spit of 34’. This year’s spit was Boomerang’s furthest spit for a win.
In other competitions, Joshua Hester delivered a pit 31’ 4” in the 9-12 Youth Division, Evangeline Smith, 21’ 3-1/2” in the 6-8 Youth Division, and Drake McLaughlin 15’ 1-1/4” in Youth 5 and Under.
Dignitary Spit-Off winner, Eau Claire President “Mayor” John Glasssman, spat 36’ 11”, to out-spit a number of local officials including: the Honorable Judges Gordon Hosbein (32’ 8”), Sterling Schrock (23’ 4-1/2”), John Donahue (18’ 6-1/2”, retired); Eau Claire Fire Chief Norm Carl (31’ 8-1/2”); Michigan District 2 Commissioner Jon Hinkelman (25’ 8-1/2”); Berrien County Sheriff Paul Bailey (16’ 10”); Michigan State Horticultural Society Executive Secretary Ben Smith (31’ 2-1/2”), St. Julian winemaker Kyle Totzke (33’ 11-1/2”) and Miss Cherry Pit Spit (A.K.A. Miss Eau Claire/Sodus 2019) Adriana Nerio (7’ 2-1/2”).
Officials for the event included the Honorable Judges Sterling Schrock (Line Judge), John Donahue (Line Judge) and Gordon Hosbein (Honorary Judge), Commissioner Jon Hinkelman (Handicap Judge) and Sheriff Paul Bailey (Official Timekeeper). In addition, Leona Foster, director of Leuk’s Landing, a non-profit for cats with leukemia, Ann Arbor, served as Measurement Judge, Kay McAdam, Van Buren District Library, was Spit-by-Spit Announcer, Lynne Sage, Morrice, MI was Master of Ceremonies, and Event Coordinator and Tree-Mendus Fruit Farm co-owner Monica Teichman, was the Official Scorekeeper.
Gift boxes for winners were made possible by the generous donations of local businesses. ESPN recorded the Championship event, to be aired at a later date.
The Krause Dynasty, which includes, Pellet Gun, wife Marlene “Machine Gun”, sons Brian “BB Gun” and Matt Krause, and grandsons Brady, Cole and Morgan, boasts 15 youth wins, 9 Women’s Division wins and 28 Championship wins. In addition, since 2003, BB Gun Krause, Lansing, MI has held the world record with a distance of 93’ 6-1/2” (28.51 meters), as posted in the Guinness Book of Records.
The 46th annual event was dedicated to Herb Teichman, founder of the International Cherry Pit Spitting Championship, who passed away in January 2019.

(Qualifying from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm – Championship for all qualifying divisions starts at 1:00 pm)

2019 Championship
Kevin "Boomerang" Bartz, 53               58' 3-1/4"               Niles, MI
Kevin Hester, 47                                        54: 9-1/4"               St Joseph, MI
Rick "Pellet Gun" Krause,                        46' 5-1/2"               Sanders, AZ

2019 Women's Division
Chloe Bartz, 18                                          44' 5-1/4"               Niles, MI
Mary Hester, 41                                         36' 5-1/2:                St Joseph, MI

2019 Youth 9-12
Joshua Hester, 12                                      31' 4"                       St Joseph, MI

2019 Youth 6-8
Evangeline Smith , 3                                 21' 3 1/2"                 Benton Harbor, MI

2019 Youth 5 & Under
Drake Mclaughlin , 8                                 15' 1-1/4"                Berrien Springs, MI

2019 Dignitary
John Glassman                                            36' 11”                      Eau Claire, MI


Arnt Asphalt - Sealing & Striping Court
Eau Claire Public Schools – Bleachers
Glassman Auctions & Real Estate – Sound System
Big C Lumber – Prizes
Ceres Solutions – Donation
Eau Claire Fruit Exchange – Prizes
Greenmark Equipment – Prizes
Holiday Inn Express Benton Harbor – Prizes
Imperial Furniture – Prizes
Indian Lake Hills Golf – Prizes
Penrod Hiawatha - Prizes
Prime Table Restaurant – Prizes
Timberline Restaurant – Prizes
St Joseph Carousal – Prizes
St Julian Winery - Prizes