Tree-Mendus Fruit Farm, EAU CLAIRE, MI (July 7, 2018). It was the last spit of the day. Rick "Pellet Gun" Krause, 64, had already spat two of the allowed three pits, all short of Christina Preston’s thus-far winning distance of 36’ 8-1/2”. Pellet Gun’s wife, Marlene “Machine Gun” Krause, had already successfully defended her 2017 Women’s Championship title with a spit of 29’ 10-1/2” to narrowly defeat Preston’s sister, Chelsey Torres, 28, Berrien Springs, MI, by one-half inch. The pressure was on. In one great “ptoey” against the gentle breeze, Pellet Gun let it fly to a comfortable 41’ 8-3/4” victory to also retain his championship title and his 18th world championship in cherry pit spitting at the 45th International Cherry Pit Spitting Championship held here today.
Joshua Hester, 11, Coloma, won the 9-12 youth division with a spit-acular 18’ 9-1/2” cherry pit spit. Ezekial Jones, 7, St. Joseph, MI, took the Youth 6-8 year old contest with a 14’ 6-1/2” distance and sister LuLu, 5, won the 5 and Under division with a 8' 7" spit. St. Julien winemaker Kyle Totzke, Paw Paw, MI won the Dignitary Division with a spit of 33’ 7-1/2”.
The afternoon division and Championship contests include the top spitters (by distance) from the morning Qualification Round. After the Qualification Round closes at noon, contestants advance to the appropriate division. The youth divisions follow a dignitary spit-off. A women’s division is followed by the Championship. Historically, the Championship has been dominated by men.
Winners receive gift boxes supplied by the generous donations of local businesses, in addition to the fame and title-rights afforded each division.
Madeline Schrock, St. Joseph, MI, opened the festivities with the National Anthem. Berrien County Trial Court Judges John Donahue and Sterling Schrock served as Official Timekeeper and Line Judge, respectively. Berrien County Commissioner Jon Hinkelman, Watervliet, was the Height Measurement Judge. Leona Foster, Ann Arbor, MI was the Distance Judge. Miss Cherry Pit Spit - A.K.A. Miss Eau Claire/Sodus and the Blossomtime First Runner-Up – Jamie Tidey, 18, Berrien Center, MI spat the inaugural spit of 15’ 5”. Kim and Mary Foster served as Pit Sweepers. Kay McAdam, Cassopolis, was the Spit-by-Spit Announcer. Lynne Sage, Morrice, MI, was Master of Ceremonies. Monica Teichman, co-owner and Event Coordinator, was the Official Scorekeeper.