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Small communities like Chatham are gems. Generations gather to renew friendships and celebrate history. While there are competitions of all sorts, nothing, but nothing, is as intense and delightful as the Cow Chipping Contest.
The whole process is fairly simple. From their cow pastures, farmers select dried cow pies of the correct size, using a toilet seat as the measuring standard. The pies are then donated to the Jaycees where they are kept in a secure place. I am not kidding.
(There have been some accusations about sabotage; pies have been embedded with pellets or such in the past. So, security is provided. Yes, it is.)
This is a quote from last year's flyers.
|Competition is serious business.|
|Beaver, OK, where cows outnumber people, 16-1|
This is an international sport. Visitors travel to participate in this event.
When I was there last year, the Jaycees had an emergency: the farmer who provided cow pies in the past had sold half his herd. My brother Rev. Don Peck and his son Jeremy (president of the Chatham Jaycees) contacted other locals. They know everyone in the community, and within 15 minutes all was resolved.