My sister Jean's family went to Michigan and came back with a Friendly Encounter. Okay, I am sure they went up for other reasons and have their own memories, but for the purpose of this blog, the Friendly Encounter is the goal.
While in Michigan, they attended the International Cherry Pit Spitting Contest. Brian "Young Gun" Krause took top honors for the second consecutive year. Brian spit a cherry pit 66 feet, 1.25 inches, in beating the field, which included his father Rick "Pellet Gun" Krause (a 16 time winner). Brian now has nine titles and the world record of 93 feet 6.5 inches.
The Parker contingent got into the cherry pit spitting action. The winner of that sectional was Kyle Kolb, Sam's boyfriend and a deserving champion.
My only problem with Kyle is that he wins too much. Kyle (with teammates or solo) has won at bags, Wii games and other games which I would like to forget. Then again, I am used to getting beat by the Parker contingent. Oh well, it's all about fun, right? Yeah right!
Anyway, they all had a great time in Michigan and eagerly posed with Rick Krause to gain their Friendly Encounter!
Kyle Kolb (aka the Champ) in Eau Claire, MI-July 2011.
Sam Parker, Kyle Kolb, Rick Krause, Matt Parker and Erin Galligan in Eau Claire, MI-July 2011.