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Ten-time winner Cherry Pit Spit champ "Pellet Gun" Krause, July 1997

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International Cherry Pit Spitting Championship
A Local Legacy

There's a world record for just about any contest you can think of -- even cherry-pit spitting!

The Cherry Pit Spit began in 1974, when Herb Teichman, a Michigan cherry farmer, was looking for "something to do" with cherry pits. Growing from a neighborhood get-together to an international competition, the Cherry Pit Spit is recognized by the Guinness Book of World Records as an official competition.

"Pellet Gun" Krause is the 10-time winner of the International Cherry Pit Spitting Championship. Each July hundreds of people from across the country and around the world gather for the Championship. The contest marks the beginning of the harvest of tart cherries in southwest Michigan. Until 1993, Rick "Pellet Gun" Krause of Arizona held the world record with a spit of 72 feet, 7 inches. Believe it or not, that's more than 25 feet less than the current world record. The world record is now 100 feet, 4 inches and is held by "Pellet Gun" Krause's son,"Young Gun" Krause. How far you do you think you could spit a pit?

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