Matt is latest Krause to win pit spitting contest

EAU CLAIRE, Mich. (AP) — A Krause has again won the annual cherry pit spitting contest in southwestern Michigan.

But Saturday’s winner wasn’t Rick or Brian Krause.

It was Matt Krause who was the most “spit-tacular” competitor at the 40th International Cherry Pit Spitting Championship at Tree-Mendus Fruit Farm just north of the Indiana boundary.

Krause’s father, Rick, and older brother, Brian, had won 24 of the 39 championships.

Matt’s win makes it 25 of 40 for the Krauses since owner Herb Teichman launched the tournament in 1974 as a lark — but also to mark the region’s tart cherry harvest.

Teichman’s daughter-in-law, Monica Teichman, says spitters braved a serious headwind Saturday, causing them not to “get any serious length” to their attempts.

Still, she says the Krause family is “really excited” Matt won.

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