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Cow chip toss carries on at Thunder Road

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BARRE, Vt. -

An annual Thunder Road tradition has those running for Vermont offices tossing aside politics.

The roar of Thunder Road was particularly loud Sunday. The crowd -- just as excited.  

The 54th annual Milk Bowl drew a large number of people to the Barre race track, but it wasn't just the cars that got them riled up. People in the audience got to watch as three men hoping to win their votes in November got their hands dirty. 

It was the Political Cow Chip Throwing Contest. Turnout for this year's toss was small. In the past candidates from both sides of the aisle gave it a go. This year only three Republicans took part -- Randy Brock running for Lt. Governor, Scott Milne campaigning for U.S. Senator, and Rep. Topper McFaun running to keep his Barre Town seat. 

Republican for governor Phil Scott did not compete in the chip toss. He had his eyes set on a different prize -- hoping to win himself another Milk Bowl title. 

But the chip tossers have another racer to thank for their moment of bovine fun time. "I race here, and they became aware that I'm a farmer, and they asked maybe I would have some cow chips around," said Gary Mullen, who has supplied the cow pies for the politicians for the last 14 years.  He owns a 50-cow dairy farm in Tunbridge and Sunday's pile is all from them.  Mullen says he's seen a number of people with political aspirations, both Democrats and Republicans, heave his pies into the air -- some are lucky enough to toss dry ones. "Supplying the cow chips is very prestigious," he said.      

A different kind of mud slinging than what they may see in office.

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