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Enter the 2015 Great Long Island Tomato Challenge

Gary Schaffer, 69, of Lindenhurst, holds up his

Gary Schaffer, 69, of Lindenhurst, holds up his first-place, 5-pound, 4-ounce Rhode Island Giant tomato after it was weighed during the 2014 Great Long Island Tomato Challenge at Newsday in Melville on Friday, Aug. 22, 2014. Photo Credit: Daniel Brennan

The ninth annual Great Long Island Tomato Challenge has begun. Give your plants plenty of tender loving care all summer long, then bring your biggest, heaviest fruit to the event, where it will be weighed and recorded by Newsday garden columnist Jessica Damiano.

There is no need to register; just come to Newsday headquarters (235 Pinelawn Rd., Melville) with your biggest, heaviest tomato on Thursday, Aug. 27, at 7 p.m. Enter the Newsday property from Pinelawn Road and follow the red balloons.

 

The rules

Tomatoes must be homegrown, fresh and not previously frozen. Stems should be removed before weighing.

Entries will be judged in six categories:

-- Heaviest

-- Smallest (measured, not weighed)

-- Ugliest

-- 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. Then come back and follow the competition in Newsday every Sunday leading up to the big day.

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