Pit spit champion retains

Colin Lacey of Edmonton won for the third year in a row at the eighth annual Great Naramata Cherry Pit Spit Contest on Wednesday.

The contest, with 38 contestants, was held before a crowd at the Naramata Community Market at Wharf Park.

The summertime visitor propelled his winning Lapin pit some 33 feet down the measuring mat, matching his 2016 performance, and two feet shy of his 2015 marker when he reached some 35 feet.

Jeremy Church was second with a distance of 30 feet.

Rob Van Westen, who supplied the cherries for the event, picked up third place in the adult category at 26 feet.

Lacey is the third reigning cherry spit champ in the community.

Local favourite Kim Russell earned the crown in 2010, 2011 and 2012.

In 2013 and 2014, a Van Westen farmworker from Quebec named Frank claimed first prize.

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