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Nellie Nicolova of Hampton Bays weighs her entry (Credit: Ed Betz)

Nellie Nicolova of Hampton Bays weighs her entry in the Great Long Island Tomato Challenge in the 7-12 age group. (Aug. 23, 2013)

Homegrown tomato victories

About 110 vie in an annual Long Island challenge to grow the biggest beauty.

Top Challenge winner William Bouziotis’ tomato weighed in
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Top Challenge winner William Bouziotis’ tomato weighed in at 3 pounds and 5 ounces on Newsday’s scale in Melville. (Aug. 23, 2013)

Nellie Nicolova of Hampton Bays weighs her entry
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Nellie Nicolova of Hampton Bays weighs her entry in the Great Long Island Tomato Challenge in the 7-12 age group. (Aug. 23, 2013)

The Tomato King: William Bouziotis of Northport holds
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The Tomato King: William Bouziotis of Northport holds up his winner in the Great Long Island Tomato Challenge at Newsday in Melville. It’s a Belgian Giant. He’s been growing tomatoes for 25 years and grew 25 varieties this year — with “passion, elbow grease, a little knowledge and some money.” (Aug. 23, 2013)

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Rachel and Steve Haimowitz of East Meadow show
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Rachel and Steve Haimowitz of East Meadow show off the “ugliest” winner in the Great Long Island Tomato Challenge. She named it “Squidward” after a nosy “SpongeBob” character. She started the Amana orange heirloom from seed. (Aug. 23, 2013)

Can you see it? Corinn Kraemer of East
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Can you see it? Corinn Kraemer of East Meadow shows her Tomato Challenge winner in the smallest category. She named it “Barry’s Teeny Tiny Tomato” after longtime Challenge participant Barry Kaplan of Farmingdale, who gave her the seeds two years ago. (Aug. 23, 2013)

Gary Schaffer, the defending champion, shows off his
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Gary Schaffer, the defending champion, shows off his second-place tomato in the size category at the Great Long Island Tomato Challenge in Melville. His Rhode Island Giant weighed 3 pounds. (Aug. 23, 2013)

Nellie Nicolova of Hampton Bays shows off her
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Nellie Nicolova of Hampton Bays shows off her winning tomato in the size category for the 7-12 age group at the Great Long Island Tomato Challenge in Melville. Her specimen weighed 2 pounds, 1.5 ounces. (Aug. 23, 2013)

William Bouziotis of Northport gets his medal as
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William Bouziotis of Northport gets his medal as Tomato King for his 3-pound, 5-ounce winning tomato, a Belgian Giant, in the size category at the Great Long Island Tomato Challenge in Melville. (Aug. 23, 2013)

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At Newsday in Melville, tomato growers and supporters
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At Newsday in Melville, tomato growers and supporters watch a powerpoint demonstration at the Great Long Island Tomato Challenge. About 110 people competed this year to grow the biggest beauty. (Aug. 23, 2013)

A basket of tomatoes on display at the
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A basket of tomatoes on display at the Great Long Island Tomato Challenge in Melville. Competitors also brought their homegrown entries in boxes, dish towels, bowls and food storage containers. (Aug. 23, 2013)

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