Arizona man wins Michigan cherry pit spitting contest

Rick Krause, aka Pellet Gun, won for the 16th time overall

Reid Gillis, from Granger, Ind., is flanked by Berrien County Judge Sterling Schrock, left, and Berrien County Judge John Donahue during the 43rd International Cherry Pit-Spitting Championship Saturday, July 2, 2016, at Tree-Mendus Fruit Farm in Eau Claire, Mich. (Don Campbell/The Herald-Palladium via AP)
Reid Gillis, from Granger, Ind., is flanked by Berrien County Judge Sterling Schrock, left, and Berrien County Judge John Donahue during the 43rd International Cherry Pit-Spitting Championship Saturday, July 2, 2016, at Tree-Mendus Fruit Farm in Eau Claire, Mich. (Don Campbell/The Herald-Palladium via AP)

EAU CLAIRE, Mich. (AP) — A man nicknamed “Pellet Gun” has won a cherry pit spitting contest in southwestern Michigan for the 16th time.

Rick Krause of Tuba City, Arizona, had a pit spit of 48 feet, 2 ¼ inches Saturday, defeating son Brian Krause by more than a foot at the 43rd annual contest.

Brian Krause is known as “Young Gun.” He also finished second last year but is a past winner.

A member of the Krause family has won 27 contests since the event began in 1974 to celebrate tart cherries. It’s held at Tree-Mendus Fruit Farm in Eau Claire, 100 miles from Chicago.

About 200 people competed in the early round, with roughly 45 advancing to the final round in different categories.

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