Tuesday, December 19, 2006
Tatum Larsen is a genius. She is the 2006 Manjimup Cherry Harmony Festival Queen. She and her mob of Kings and Queens raised over $30,000.00 for the festival .
The money accumulated is also a credit to the Manjimup community because it was they that gave that the money be raised.
Tatum is sitting in a chair that was auctioned at the Long Table Lunch by this man, Dean Allen, legendary auctioneer.
Look closely, you can see the avocado stones flying.
[Pic by Gail Dunns.]
The bloke on the left, Paul Omodei snr, is the Leader of the Opposition in the WA State Parliament and when he gets fired up he can spit a mile.
The bloke on the right, Rob Palmer, is a larger than life character from a tv show, Better Fences and Pillow Cases, or something with a similar name.
Rob had a bigger mouth and more wind and spat his avocado stone almost as far as he spat his cherry pip.
He almost won the pip spitting competetion too, but if you look below you'll see he didn't.
Paul had a bad day and wished he was facing another kind of adversity, like a bloke he hated whose job he wanted.
It was all good fun and nobody laughed harder than the contestants. which made it bloody hard to get the stone in the air.
[Pic from Lyn Neal]
It all happened in Manjin Park, Manjimup, West Australia, on a stinking hot day full of cherries and laughter.
That's Michael on the right, watching Rob Palmer, a tv dude from better Homes and Licorice Allsorts, or another tv show with a similar name.
Rob spat well and damn near took the title but was pipped at the spit by Michael's last saliver toss.
The local champion, Paul Omodei jnr, did not spit well on the day and was embarrassed by his inability into the strong wind.
He did, however, beat all other locals and won himself a trip to New Zealand for next year's spit off.
Paul will probably face Michael in Cromwell, New Zealand's cherry growing capital.
[Picture taken by Lyn Neal]
Friday, December 08, 2006
The Pip Spitting trophy
For immediate relief on 11/12/2006
GlobeVista Australasian Cherry Pip Spitting Championship
This Saturday (Dec 16th) Manjimup - West Australia's finest cherry growing town - will host a disgusting event featuring human saliva and the remains of prime cherries.
Up to 4000 people will cram Manjin Park in the centre of town and watch men and women gather as much wind as they can in attempts to propel cherry pips beyond the pathetic 12 metre record and attempt to smash the record of the blow-hard from Minnesota (a measly 28kilometres.) (Sorry, metres.)
The highlight of the morning’s spitting will be the GlobeVista Australasian Cherry Pip Spitting finals, which Manjimup Cherry Harmony Festival MC Jon Doust said would “herald the beginning of another great Trans-Tasman rivalry”.
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Another highlight will be the annual Politician Dummy Spit, with cherry pips flying in all directions but mainly at members of opposing parties.
The 2005 winner, Fremantle Mayor, Peter Tagliaferri, will be in town to defend his dummy against all comers including Leader of the Opposition Paul Omodei and local Shire President Wade De Campo.
Mr Tagliaferri said he was prepared to spit in the eye of any challengers.