Several hours and 47 rounds later, an 11-year-old and her 13-year-old adversary had used up all of the available words, forcing organizers of the Jackson County Spelling Bee to temporarily halt the showdown.
The contestants in the marathon spelling bee: Sophia Hoffman, 11, and Kush Sharma, 13 are pictured above.
The competition actually went on for 66 rounds. Last year's bee ended after only 21.
"It was legendary," said Mary Olive Thompson, a library outreach manager and co-coordinator of the Saturday spelling bee.