State legislators took a break from lawmaking Wednesday to show off their skills in sucking milk through a straw.
The N.C. Senate was victorious in the annual milk chugging contest, in which teams of three contestants chug two 8-ounce bottles of milk through a straw. It’s a bit easier than the “gallon challenge” popular on college campuses that often makes competitors sick; none of the participants appeared queasy after Wednesday’s event.
The Senate finished its milk in just 50 seconds, while the House took a minute and five seconds to ingest its dairy. The Senate’s team included three Republicans: Sen. Danny Britt of Lumberton, Sen. Rick Gunn of Burlington and Michael Poehler, an aide to Sen. Ralph Hise of Mitchell County.
The inclusion of a non-senator prompted a complaint from Rep. Duane Hall, a Raleigh Democrat who was cheering on his House colleagues. “Protest – non-Senate member,” he joked as the competition begin.
“Future senators of America,” Gunn replied.
The House had a bipartisan group of legislators: Republican Rep. Rena Turner of Iredell County, Democratic Rep. William Brisson of Bladen County and Democratic Rep. John Ager of Buncombe County.
Judges of the competition checked to make sure the Senate won fairly, looking inside each bottle to ensure no milk was left behind. Under the official contest rules, a team can be penalized for leaving “more than one collective ounce of unconsumed milk.”
The Senate won $200 for the North Carolina 4-H Foundation, while the House won $100 for the North Carolina Future Farmers of America. The money was donated by the Cooperative Council of North Carolina’s dairy promotion committee, which hosts the contest each year.