LANCASTER - Alan "Peanut" Edgington said he woke up Thursday feeling sick. But it didn't seem to matter because the longtime winner of the annual "championship of burley tobacco cutting/Garrard County Tobacco Cutting Contest" reclaimed his throne Thursday after losing last year's match to newcomer Jesse Gomez.
"I like it," said Edgington, looking sweaty, hot and tired after claiming his sixth trophy in nine years, the winner's plaque and a check for $500.
Edgington said he also was sick last year when he lost to Gomez. "I was just ready (this year)," he said. "I was wanting to get it to the end." He said he spent more time preparing for the contest this year. "When I start, I cut as hard as I can before the contest. I'll probably lag off after the contest."
Edgington got a good start this year, sprinting ahead by at least 10 stalks at the beginning of the competition and he finished his two rows on the 1 1/2-acre plot in 44 minutes and 28 seconds. The contest is not only just based on time, as the winner is determined by a formula of the number of stalks cut, the time it takes to cut two rows with points deducted by "split out" stalks and stalks left standing.