Pit spitters head to Eau Claire

Published 8:06 am Friday, July 1, 2005

By Staff
EAU CLAIRE - The cherry takes center stage as cherry champ hopefuls head to the spit-off today at 1 p.m. at the 32nd annual International Cherry Pit Spitting Championship at Tree-Mendus Fruit Farm.
Five-time spit king, defending champ and world record holder Brian "Young Gun" Krause of Dimondale will defend his crown.
Krause set world records in 2003 with a spit of 110 feet, 4 inches, in the freestyle spit-off and 93 feet, 6 1/2 inches, in the more structured international competition.
In the 2004 competition, Krause spit 88 feet, 2 inches - enough to fend off a second-year challenge from Nick Cook, a heavy equipment operator from Evergreen Park, Ill., who spat 73 feet, 2 inches - but not enough to set a new record.
Cook is expected to be a big contender in this year's competition. A relative newcomer to the sport, Cook has shown spit-acular consistency in form and distance. His inaugural spit in 2003 flew 77 feet, 1 inch.
After the 2004 competition Cook noted, "I seem to always be a bridesmaid - but I intend to come back next year."