BEAVER, Okla., April 20 (UPI) -- The annual World Championship Cow Chip Throw in Beaver, Okla., is not just a simple competition but a potential shot at destiny, one competitor says.
Cal Nelson said he entered the annual event along with his twin brother and their best friend, and drove almost 1,200 miles to see if they could grasp what he called their "destiny," The Oklahoman said Sunday.
"We found this and said, 'Wouldn't it be cool if this were happening the week we left?' ... and it was. We just thought, 'This is destiny,'" said Nelson, who had already been planning a road trip with his brother and their friend, and added Beaver to the itinerary.
Veteran competitors offered newcomers like Nelson a bit of advice prior to Saturday's competition.
"The secret?" regional cow chip champion Craig Taylor said. "Don't lick your fingers before you throw."
Dana Martin, who has won the event several times, said there was no exact key to throwing the manure successfully no matter one's level of experience.
"What it really takes is a good sense of humor," Martin told the Oklahoman, "because whether you throw it two feet or 200 feet, at the end of the day, it's just about throwing poo."