40th annual cherry pit spitting contest set for Tree-Mendus Fruit Farm in southwestern Mich.


EAU CLAIRE, Mich. — It's time for the annual cherry pit spitting contest in southwestern Michigan, and organizers promise it will be — what else? — "spittacular."

The 40th International Cherry Pit Spitting Championship is set for today at Tree-Mendus Fruit Farm near Eau Claire, just north of the Indiana border.

In addition to the main spit-offs for men and women, there's a number of youth competitions on the schedule as well as a competition for dignitaries.

Owner Herb Teichman launched the tournament four decades ago as a lark — but also to mark the region's tart cherry harvest.

It attracts competitors from the U.S. and beyond.