Jessica Damiano Jessica Damiano, Newsday columnist

Jessica Damiano is a master gardener and journalist with more than 25 years experience in radio, television, print and online media. She has worked on Newsday's interactive endeavors since 1994, and currently is Deputy Editor overseeing Newsday.com's Lifestyle and Entertainment coverage. Jessica enjoys toiling in her garden -- a never-finished work in progress -- and helping local gardeners solve their horticultural problems in her Garden Detective column, which appears every Sunday in Newsday. The Garden Detective blog was awarded a 2008 Press Club of Long Island Society of Professional Journalists Online Features Reporting Award. Jessica lives in Glen Head, NY, with her husband John, daughters Justine and Julia, dogs Maddie and Miguel, and a whole bunch of perennials, vegetable plants and weeds. Show More

The 8th annual Great Long Island Tomato Challenge will be Aug. 22 at 7 p.m. at Newsday headquarters (235 Pinelawn Rd., Melville).

Give your plants plenty of tender loving care all summer long, then bring your biggest, heaviest fruit to the event. I'll weigh your tomatoes personally and crown the 2014 Tomato King or Queen.The rules (revised for this year):

Tomatoes must be homegrown, fresh and not previously frozen

Entries will be judged in six categories:

-- Heaviest

-- Smallest (measured, not weighed)

-- Ugliest

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-- Three youth categories: 6 and younger; 7-12; 13-17.

Tomatoes do not need to be ripe.

As you await the big day, send a photo of yourself with your tomato plants, along with details about your growing techniques and the varieties you're growing, to jessica.damiano@newsday.com and you might be featured in an upcoming issue of Newsday.