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      Michigan farm to host 41st pit-spitting contest

      It's spitting time again.

      The 41st International Cherry Pit Spitting Championship is set for Saturday at Tree-Mendus Fruit Farm in the southwestern Michigan community of Eau Claire, just north of the Indiana border.

      Last year's big winner was Matt "BB Gun" Krause with a distance of 41 feet, 6 1/2 inches.

      Matt's win made it 25 of 40 for the Krause family since owner Herb Teichman launched the tournament in 1974 as a lark - but also to mark the region's tart cherry harvest.

      Matt Krause's father, Rick "Pellet Gun" Krause, and older brother, Brian "Young Gun" Krause, are past winners.