Cherry pit spit this Wednesday

The fourth annual Great Cherry Pit Spit contest will be this Wednesday at 4 p.m. at the Naramata community market.
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NARAMATA - A Naramata cherry grower wants people to spit his wares this Wednesday onto the ground for fun and games.

The fourth annual Great Cherry Pit Spit pits spitters against one another to see who can spit a pit the farthest.

"It's your typical Namarata gong-show community market event," Naramata market manager Darren Rettie said. The free event is open to all with a children's category, an adult category and an unlimited category. There's even a media category where reporters and other staff find out who can spit the best.

The competitors will face off at Naramata Community Market in Wharf Park. The contest starts at 4 p.m. Rob Van Westen will supply the cherries from his farm. The pits will be spit across a tarp and the distances will be measured where they land. Prizes will be given out for the winners in the different categories.

Rettie said he will not be competing. "I'm awful at it. A three-year-old beat me."

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