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Youth chomp gum to test bubble skills

BURLINGTON - How big of a bubble can you blow?

On Saturday, some local youth were determined to find out in the 6th Annual Dubble Bubble National Bubble Blowing Contest at Wal-Mart Supercenter.

Local stores joined in the nationwide effort to host the contest to see who can blow the biggest diameter bubble-gum bubble. Bubbles were measured with an official Dubble Bubble Bubble Meter.

"It's hard," said 10-year-old Nathan Stewart of Chesapeake. "Definitely is with three pieces of gum in your mouth."

Stewart wasn't going to let that get in his way, he was determined. He kept trying, and after a few attempts, his bubble measured 9 inches on the bubble meter. After all that chewing, he was still trying to make an even bigger bubble.

At the same time, Brittnie Schwartz, 10, of South Point was making an attempt to blow her biggest bubble. She had reached 7 inches and was still trying to make it bigger.

"It's fun, but it's hard," she said. "And I chew gum all the time."

Phyllis Christian of Ironton conducted the local contest for Dubble Bubble. She said that she had a lot of fun conducting the contest.

"The kids really enjoy it, and I enjoy it too," she said.

Seven-year-old Bentley Smith of Boyd County, Ky., said she liked the contest, but it was hard. She said she may try it again next time.

From the preliminary national contests, five finalists from across the country will participate in the national finals in August, where they will compete for the grand prize of a $10,000 U.S. Savings Bond and more.