The latter half of July was an intense one on the US Cigar Slow Smoking World Championship circuit. Between July 15 and 30 no less than 15 pre-qualification rounds produced participants for the final on August 13, from Florida in the south to Wisconsin in the north, Arizona in the west to New York in the east.

Some of the winners are:

Drew Emch (Apex, North Carolina) 1:30:01
Dalton Cole (Atlanta, Georgia) 1:39:47
Christina Bartnikowski (Media, Pennsylvania) 1:24:50
Nicole Fielder (Germantown, Wisconsin) 1:11:32
JD Preston (Ashland, Kentucky)) 1 hour, 23
Mike Lamen (Naples, Florida) 1:39:08
Chris Ginn (Omaha, Nebraska) 1:33
Steve Pullin (Anthem, Arizona) 1:30:02
Barrett Johnson (Evansville, Indiana) 57:54
Michael Gomez (Noblesville, Indiana) 1:21:24

The final takes place at BURN by Rocky Patel in Indianapolis, Indiana on August 13.

Since graduating with an engineering degree in surveying in 2005, Simon Lundh has preferred to follow a profession in journalism. He stumbled upon the cigar world while working for a non-governmental organization in Estelí, Nicaragua, and is now mainly making a living writing about cigars, metal music, tattoos, and travel.


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