Great Long Island Tomato Challenge winners through the years – New York News

This year’s Challenge will be the 10th, and to celebrate we’re doing some things differently.


Anyone can join, and there’s no need to RSVP. Just come to Newsday headquarters (235 Pinelawn Rd., Melville) at 7 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 12 (rain date is Aug. 19) with your biggest homegrown tomato — and you might be named king or queen. We have special prizes this year, and also will be awarding for smallest and ugliest tomatoes, as well as in three youth categories. Tomatoes do not have to be ripe to qualify. See you then!

2016: Peter Notarnicola

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Peter Notarnicola, of Massapequa, poses with his winning 3 pound, 6.5 ounce tomato at Newsday’s Great Long Island Tomato Challenge in Melville on Friday, Aug. 19, 2016.

2015: Vera DiCocco

Vera DiCocco's tomato was the largest of the

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Vera DiCocco’s tomato was the largest of the night, weighing in at 3 pounds, 9.5 ounces, at Newsday’s 2015 Great Long Island Tomato Challenge on Aug. 27, 2015. DiCocco shows off a tomato hat given to her by another community member.

2014: Gary Schaffer

Gary Schaffer, 69, of Lindenhurst, holds up his

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Gary Schaffer of Lindenhurst holds up his record-breaking giant tomato after weighing it during the 2014 Great Long Island Tomato Challenge at the Newsday auditorium in Melville on Aug. 22, 2014. The winner weighed 5 pounds, 4 ounces.

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2013: Dr. William Bouziotis

Dr. William Bouziotis holds up his 3lb 5oz

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