September 9, 2009

Juniors try spitting crickets

The winning distance in the junior division cricket spitting contest at the Central Wisconsin State Fair in Marshfield, was 9 feet, 11 inches, organizers said.

The junior division almost didn't happen, after the 5- to 8-year-olds balked at putting crickets in their mouths -- but contest co-organizer Alanna Feddick changed the order of the contest so the adults would go first, the Marshfield News-Herald reported. Once the kids saw their parents pop thawed 4-day-frozen crickets in their mouths, they were willing to try.

Parents also advised their children to take a deep breath before putting a cricket upside down on the tongue to avoid accidentally swallowing the insect.