Newsday's 2017 Great Long Island Tomato Challenge

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More than 60 readers attended the 11th annual Great Long Island Tomato Challenge at Newsday headquarters (235 Pinelawn Rd., Melville) on Friday, Aug. 18, 2017. at 7 p.m.

From left: John Barrera of West Babylon with
(Credit: Danielle Finkelstein)

From left: John Barrera of West Babylon with son Luke, 11, and mother-in-law Hanna Hendrickson of Babylon, arrive at the 11th annual Great Long Island Tomato Challenge at Newsday headquarters in Melville, Friday, Aug. 18, 2017.

Jared Schaffer of North Babylon has his tomato
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Jared Schaffer of North Babylon has his tomato weighed at the 11th annual Great Long Island Tomato Challenge at Newsday headquarters in Melville, Friday, Aug. 18, 2017.

Alberto Oppedisano and his winning tomato at the
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Alberto Oppedisano and his winning tomato at the 11th annual Great Long Island Tomato Challenge at Newsday headquarters in Melville, Friday, Aug. 18, 2017.

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Walter O'Brisky of Westbury has his entry weighed
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Walter O'Brisky of Westbury has his entry weighed at the 11th annual Great Long Island Tomato Challenge at Newsday headquarters in Melville, Friday, Aug. 18, 2017.

Theresa Maddaloni of Oceanside has her tomato weighed
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Theresa Maddaloni of Oceanside has her tomato weighed at the 11th annual Great Long Island Tomato Challenge at Newsday headquarters in Melville, Friday, Aug. 18, 2017.

Christina Kraemer of Bohemia receives her award at
(Credit: Danielle Finkelstein)

Christina Kraemer of Bohemia receives her award at the 11th annual Great Long Island Tomato Challenge at Newsday headquarters in Melville, Friday, Aug. 18, 2017.

Wyatt DePace, 3, of Albertson, shows off his
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Wyatt DePace, 3, of Albertson, shows off his tomato entry as he arrives to the 11th annual Great Long Island Tomato Challenge at Newsday headquarters in Melville, Friday, Aug. 18, 2017. DePace later won an award for his entry.

Wyatt DePace, 3, of Albertson receives his award
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Wyatt DePace, 3, of Albertson receives his award at the 11th annual Great Long Island Tomato Challenge at Newsday headquarters in Melville, Friday, Aug. 18, 2017.

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Jared Schaffer of North Babylon has his tomato
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Jared Schaffer of North Babylon has his tomato weighed at the 11th annual Great Long Island Tomato Challenge at Newsday headquarters in Melville, Friday, Aug. 18, 2017.

Wyatt DePace, 3, of Albertson, has his entry
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Wyatt DePace, 3, of Albertson, has his entry weighed at the 11th annual Great Long Island Tomato Challenge at Newsday headquarters in Melville, Friday, Aug. 18, 2017.

From left: Alberto Oppedisano and Joseph Ciurleo, both
(Credit: Danielle Finkelstein)

From left: Alberto Oppedisano and Joseph Ciurleo, both of Franklin Square, show off their tomato entries as they arrive to the 11th annual Great Long Island Tomato Challenge at Newsday headquarters in Melville, Friday, Aug. 18, 2017.

Wyatt DePace, 3, of Albertson receives his award
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Wyatt DePace, 3, of Albertson receives his award at the 11th annual Great Long Island Tomato Challenge at Newsday headquarters in Melville, Friday, Aug. 18, 2017.

Alayna Gotttesman, 8, of Farmingville, shows off her
(Credit: Danielle Finkelstein)

Alayna Gotttesman, 8, of Farmingville, shows off her tomato entries as she arrives to the 11th annual Great Long Island Tomato Challenge at Newsday headquarters in Melville, Friday, Aug. 18, 2017.

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Harold Taiclet of Farmingdale weighs his entry at
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Harold Taiclet of Farmingdale weighs his entry at the 11th annual Great Long Island Tomato Challenge at Newsday headquarters in Melville, Friday, Aug. 18, 2017.

Sophia Fasano, 7, of Deer Park, receives her
(Credit: Danielle Finkelstein)

Sophia Fasano, 7, of Deer Park, receives her award at the 11th annual Great Long Island Tomato Challenge at Newsday headquarters in Melville, Friday, Aug. 18, 2017.

Al Tiranno of Smithtown has his tomato weighed
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Al Tiranno of Smithtown has his tomato weighed at the 11th annual Great Long Island Tomato Challenge at Newsday headquarters in Melville, Friday, Aug. 18, 2017.

Antonio and Alessandro Turturici of Shirley weigh their
(Credit: Danielle Finkelstein)

Antonio and Alessandro Turturici of Shirley weigh their entry at the 11th annual Great Long Island Tomato Challenge at Newsday headquarters in Melville, Friday, Aug. 18, 2017.

Alberto Oppedisano, right, with Newsday's Jessica Damiano, received
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Alberto Oppedisano, right, with Newsday's Jessica Damiano, received the top award at the 11th annual Great Long Island Tomato Challenge at Newsday headquarters in Melville, Friday, Aug. 18, 2017.

Al Tiranno of Smithtown has his tomato weighed
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Al Tiranno of Smithtown has his tomato weighed at the 11th annual Great Long Island Tomato Challenge at Newsday headquarters in Melville, Friday, Aug. 18, 2017.

Alayna Gotttesman, 8, of Farmingville, receives her award
(Credit: Danielle Finkelstein)

Alayna Gotttesman, 8, of Farmingville, receives her award at the 11th annual Great Long Island Tomato Challenge at Newsday headquarters in Melville, Friday, Aug. 18, 2017.

Gary Schaffer of Lindenhurst has his tomato weighed
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Gary Schaffer of Lindenhurst has his tomato weighed at the 11th annual Great Long Island Tomato Challenge at Newsday headquarters in Melville, Friday, Aug. 18, 2017.

Some of the entries for ugliest tomato at
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Some of the entries for ugliest tomato at the 11th annual Great Long Island Tomato Challenge at Newsday headquarters in Melville, Friday, Aug. 18, 2017.

at the 11th annual Great Long Island Tomato
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at the 11th annual Great Long Island Tomato Challenge at Newsday headquarters in Melville, Friday, Aug. 18, 2017.

Aleigha Juliano of East Meadow has her tomato
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Aleigha Juliano of East Meadow has her tomato measured at the 11th annual Great Long Island Tomato Challenge at Newsday headquarters in Melville, Friday, Aug. 18, 2017.

Harold Taiclet of Farmingdale weighs his entry at
(Credit: Danielle Finkelstein)

Harold Taiclet of Farmingdale weighs his entry at the 11th annual Great Long Island Tomato Challenge at Newsday headquarters in Melville, Friday, Aug. 18, 2017.

From left: Meryl Hart and Janet Hart, both
(Credit: Danielle Finkelstein)

From left: Meryl Hart and Janet Hart, both of Lindenhurst, show off their tomato entries as they arrive to the 11th annual Great Long Island Tomato Challenge at Newsday headquarters in Melville, Friday, Aug. 18, 2017.

Newsday's Jessica Damiano announces the winners at the
(Credit: Danielle Finkelstein)

Newsday's Jessica Damiano announces the winners at the 11th annual Great Long Island Tomato Challenge at Newsday headquarters in Melville, Friday, Aug. 18, 2017.

Wyatt DePace, 3, of Albertson receives his award
(Credit: Danielle Finkelstein)

Wyatt DePace, 3, of Albertson receives his award at the 11th annual Great Long Island Tomato Challenge at Newsday headquarters in Melville, Friday, Aug. 18, 2017.

Sophia Fasano, 7, of Deer Park, receives her
(Credit: Danielle Finkelstein)

Sophia Fasano, 7, of Deer Park, receives her award at the 11th annual Great Long Island Tomato Challenge at Newsday headquarters in Melville, Friday, Aug. 18, 2017.

Wyatt DePace, 3, of Albertson, and his grandpa
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Wyatt DePace, 3, of Albertson, and his grandpa Walter O'Brisky of Westbury, arrive at the 11th annual Great Long Island Tomato Challenge at Newsday headquarters in Melville, Friday, Aug. 18, 2017.

Alberto Oppedisano gifted his winning tomato to Newsday's
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Alberto Oppedisano gifted his winning tomato to Newsday's Jessica Damiano at the 11th annual Great Long Island Tomato Challenge at Newsday headquarters in Melville, Friday, Aug. 18, 2017.

A sign welcomes visitors to the 11th annual
(Credit: Danielle Finkelstein)

A sign welcomes visitors to the 11th annual Great Long Island Tomato Challenge at Newsday headquarters in Melville, Friday, Aug. 18, 2017.

Alayna Gotttesman, 8, left, and her brother Evan,
(Credit: Danielle Finkelstein)

Alayna Gotttesman, 8, left, and her brother Evan, 12, both of Farmingville, show off their tomato entries as they arrive to the 11th annual Great Long Island Tomato Challenge at Newsday headquarters in Melville, Friday, Aug. 18, 2017. Alayna Gottesman later won an award for her entry.

Newsday's Jessica Damiano prepares to measure Jean Ward
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Newsday's Jessica Damiano prepares to measure Jean Ward of Islip's tomato entry at the 11th annual Great Long Island Tomato Challenge at Newsday headquarters in Melville, Friday, Aug. 18, 2017.

Christina Kraemer has her tomato measured at the
(Credit: Danielle Finkelstein)

Christina Kraemer has her tomato measured at the 11th annual Great Long Island Tomato Challenge at Newsday headquarters in Melville, Friday, Aug. 18, 2017.

Nick and Ellie Varrone of Wantagh have their
(Credit: Danielle Finkelstein)

Nick and Ellie Varrone of Wantagh have their tomatoes measured at the 11th annual Great Long Island Tomato Challenge at Newsday headquarters in Melville, Friday, Aug. 18, 2017.

Daniel and Anthony Prudente of Syosset prepare to
(Credit: Danielle Finkelstein)

Daniel and Anthony Prudente of Syosset prepare to measure their tomato entries at the 11th annual Great Long Island Tomato Challenge at Newsday headquarters in Melville, Friday, Aug. 18, 2017.

Edward Fasano, 4, left, and and Sophia Fasano,
(Credit: Danielle Finkelstein)

Edward Fasano, 4, left, and and Sophia Fasano, 7, both of Deer Park, weigh their tomato entries at the 11th annual Great Long Island Tomato Challenge at Newsday headquarters in Melville, Friday, Aug. 18, 2017.

Clara Rogus has her tomato measured at the
(Credit: Danielle Finkelstein)

Clara Rogus has her tomato measured at the 11th annual Great Long Island Tomato Challenge at Newsday headquarters in Melville, Friday, Aug. 18, 2017.

Jessica Damiano measures Seth Agoglia's entry at the
(Credit: Danielle Finkelstein)

Jessica Damiano measures Seth Agoglia's entry at the 11th annual Great Long Island Tomato Challenge at Newsday headquarters in Melville, Friday, Aug. 18, 2017.

Philip Grombliniak of Levittown and Gia at the
(Credit: Danielle Finkelstein)

Philip Grombliniak of Levittown and Gia at the 11th annual Great Long Island Tomato Challenge at Newsday headquarters in Melville, Friday, Aug. 18, 2017.

Christina Kraemer of Bohemia has her tomato weighed
(Credit: Danielle Finkelstein)

Christina Kraemer of Bohemia has her tomato weighed at the 11th annual Great Long Island Tomato Challenge at Newsday headquarters in Melville, Friday, Aug. 18, 2017.

Alfred Richert of Bethpage has his tomato weighed
(Credit: Danielle Finkelstein)

Alfred Richert of Bethpage has his tomato weighed at the 11th annual Great Long Island Tomato Challenge at Newsday headquarters in Melville, Friday, Aug. 18, 2017.

Philip Grombliniak of Levittown and Gia have their
(Credit: Danielle Finkelstein)

Philip Grombliniak of Levittown and Gia have their tomato weighed at the 11th annual Great Long Island Tomato Challenge at Newsday headquarters in Melville, Friday, Aug. 18, 2017.

Jessica Damiano measures Daniel and Anthony Prudente of
(Credit: Danielle Finkelstein)

Jessica Damiano measures Daniel and Anthony Prudente of Syosset's entry at the 11th annual Great Long Island Tomato Challenge at Newsday headquarters in Melville, Friday, Aug. 18, 2017.

Seth Agoglia of West Islip, right, prepares to
(Credit: Danielle Finkelstein)

Seth Agoglia of West Islip, right, prepares to measure his entry at the 11th annual Great Long Island Tomato Challenge at Newsday headquarters in Melville, Friday, Aug. 18, 2017.

Evan Gottesman of Farmingville weighs his entry at
(Credit: Danielle Finkelstein)

Evan Gottesman of Farmingville weighs his entry at the 11th annual Great Long Island Tomato Challenge at Newsday headquarters in Melville, Friday, Aug. 18, 2017.

Attendees at the 11th annual Great Long Island
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Attendees at the 11th annual Great Long Island Tomato Challenge at Newsday headquarters in Melville, Friday, Aug. 18, 2017.

Janet Hart of Lindenhurst weighs her entry at
(Credit: Danielle Finkelstein)

Janet Hart of Lindenhurst weighs her entry at the 11th annual Great Long Island Tomato Challenge at Newsday headquarters in Melville, Friday, Aug. 18, 2017.

Joseph Ciurleo of Franklin Square prepares to weigh
(Credit: Danielle Finkelstein)

Joseph Ciurleo of Franklin Square prepares to weigh his entry at the 11th annual Great Long Island Tomato Challenge at Newsday headquarters in Melville, Friday, Aug. 18, 2017.

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