A big crowd formed to watch the 16th annual N.C. Dairy Chugging Contest held at the Legislative Building in Raleigh. The Senate Super Sippers, represented by Sen. Mike Woodard and interns from Sen. Andrew Brock and Sen. Ralph Hise’s office took on the House All Stars, represented by Rep. James H. Langdon, Jr., Rep. Bob Steinburg and Rep. Jonathan Jordan.
Each team had to consume six eight-ounce bottles of milk in a relay format.The Super Sippers bested the All Stars with a time of 1 minute 37 seconds, beating the House team for an impressive 12th time.
The Senate walked away with bragging rights and $200 for the N.C. 4-H Foundation. The House team earned $100 for the N.C. FFA Foundation. The competition is sponsored by the N.C. Dairy Industry Promotion Committee and is held as a part of Livestock Legislative Day.
North Carolina is home to about 46,000 dairy cows and leads the Southeast for most milk production per cow. More than 100 million gallons of milk and 15.9 million gallons of ice cream are produced annually.