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Newsday's 2016 Great Long Island Tomato Challenge

More than 125 readers attended the 10th annual Great Long Island Tomato Challenge hosted by garden columnist Jessica Damiano at Newsday's Melville headquarters on Friday, Aug. 19, 2016.

Janet Hart

Janet Hart of Lindenhurst with her 1 pound,
Photo Credit: Bruce Gilbert

Janet Hart, of Lindenhurst, with her 1 pound, 11 ounce tomato at Newsday's Great Long Island Tomato Challenge in Melville on Friday, Aug. 19, 2016.

Evan Gottesman

Evan Gottesman, 11, of Farmingville with his 1
Photo Credit: Bruce Gilbert

Evan Gottesman, 11, of Farmingville, with his 1 pound, 7 ounce tomato at Newsday's Great Long Island Tomato Challenge in Melville on Friday, Aug. 19, 2016.

Jack Maguire

Jack Maguire of Kings Park with his 2
Photo Credit: Bruce Gilbert

Jack Maguire, of Kings Park, with his 2 pound, 5.5 ounce tomato at Newsday's Great Long Island Tomato Challenge in Melville on Friday, Aug. 19, 2016.

Alayna Gottesman

Alayna Gottesman, 7, of Farmingville with her 1
Photo Credit: Bruce Gilbert

Alayna Gottesman, 7, of Farmingville, with her 1 pound, 4.5 ounce tomato at Newsday's Great Long Island Tomato Challenge in Melville on Friday, Aug. 19, 2016.

Peter Banfo

Peter Banfo of Brooklyn with his ugly tomatoes
Photo Credit: Bruce Gilbert

Peter Banfo, of Brooklyn, with his ugly tomatoes entry at Newsday's Great Long Island Tomato Challenge in Melville on Friday, Aug. 19, 2016.

Smallest tomato entry

A tomato being measured at Newsday's Great Long
Photo Credit: Bruce Gilbert

A tomato being measured at Newsday's Great Long Island Tomato Challenge in Melville on Friday, Aug. 19, 2016.

Tomato entry

A basket of tomatoes at Newsday's Great Long
Photo Credit: Bruce Gilbert

A tomato entered in Newsday's Great Long Island Tomato Challenge in Melville on Friday, Aug. 19, 2016.

Sam Levy

Sam Levy of Levittown with this ugly tomato
Photo Credit: Bruce Gilbert

Sam Levy, of Levittown, with his ugly tomato entry at Newsday's Great Long Island Tomato Challenge in Melville on Friday, Aug. 19, 2016.

Linda Levy

Linda Levy of Levittown with her 2 pound,
Photo Credit: Bruce Gilbert

Linda Levy, of Levittown, with her 2 pound, 5 ounce tomato at Newsday's Great Long Island Tomato Challenge in Melville on Friday, Aug. 19, 2016.

Tomato challengers

A crowd of contestants at Newsday's Great Long
Photo Credit: Bruce Gilbert

A crowd of contestants at Newsday's Great Long Island Tomato Challenge in Melville on Friday, Aug. 19, 2016.

Benny Petralito and Guido Scarapicchia

Benny Petralito and Guido Scarapicchia of Cormmack with
Photo Credit: Bruce Gilbert

Benny Petralito and Guido Scarapicchia, of Cormmack, with their 2 pound, 2 ounce tomato at Newsday's Great Long Island Tomato Challenge in Melville on Friday, Aug. 19, 2016.

John Mari

John Mari, 14, of Miller Place with his
Photo Credit: Bruce Gilbert

John Mari, 14, of Miller Place, with his ugly tomato entry at Newsday's Great Long Island Tomato Challenge in Melville on Friday, Aug. 19, 2016.

Jonathan Mandell

Jonathan Mandell, 5, of Melville with his tomato
Photo Credit: Bruce Gilbert

Jonathan Mandell, 5, of Melville, with his tomato at Newsday's Great Long Island Tomato Challenge in Melville on Friday, Aug. 19, 2016.

Giovanna Bruce

Giovanna Bruce of Huntington Station with her 1
Photo Credit: Bruce Gilbert

Giovanna Bruce, of Huntington Station, with her 1 pound, 1.24 ounce tomato at Newsday's Great Long Island Tomato Challenge in Melville on Friday, Aug. 19, 2016.

Bill Jordan

Bill Jordan of Amityville with his tomato at
Photo Credit: Bruce Gilbert

Bill Jordan, of Amityville, with his tomato at Newsday's Great Long Island Tomato Challenge in Melville on Friday, Aug. 19, 2016.

Maria Cicciarella

Maria Cicciarella of Deer Park with her tomato
Photo Credit: Bruce Gilbert

Maria Cicciarella, of Deer Park, with her tomato at Newsday's Great Long Island Tomato Challenge in Melville on Friday, Aug. 19, 2016.

Florence Gatto

Florence Gatto of Bellmore with her ugly tomato
Photo Credit: Bruce Gilbert

Florence Gatto, of Bellmore, with her ugly tomato at Newsday's Great Long Island Tomato Challenge in Melville on Friday, Aug. 19, 2016.

Harry, William and Andrew Jos

Harry, William and Andrew Jos of Smithtown with
Photo Credit: Bruce Gilbert

Harry, William and Andrew Jos, of Smithtown, with their 1 pound, 1 ounce tomato at Newsday's Great Long Island Tomato Challenge in Melville on Friday, Aug. 19, 2016.

Bruce Marcus

Bruce Marcus of Merrick with his tomato at
Photo Credit: Bruce Gilbert

Bruce Marcus, of Merrick, with his tomato at Newsday's Great Long Island Tomato Challenge in Melville on Friday, Aug. 19, 2016.

Steven Babill

Steven Babill of Amityville with his tomato at
Photo Credit: Bruce Gilbert

Steven Babill, of Amityville, with his tomato at Newsday's Great Long Island Tomato Challenge in Melville on Friday, Aug. 19, 2016.

Rosemary McMurray

Rosemary McMurray of Amityville with her 2 pound
Photo Credit: Bruce Gilbert

Rosemary McMurray, of Amityville, with her 2 pound tomato at Newsday's Great Long Island Tomato Challenge in Melville on Friday, Aug. 19, 2016.

Charles Kalinowski

Charles Kalinowski, East Islip, with his 25 pica
Photo Credit: Bruce Gilbert

Charles Kalinowski, of East Islip, with his tiny tomato, which measured 25 points on the pica scale at Newsday's Great Long Island Tomato Challenge in Melville on Friday, Aug. 19, 2016.

Ryan Boyd

Ryan Boyd, 5, Kings Park, with his 1
Photo Credit: Bruce Gilbert

Ryan Boyd, 5, of Kings Park, with his 1 pound, 9 ounce tomato at Newsday's Great Long Island Tomato Challenge in Melville on Friday, Aug. 19, 2016.

Stephanie Kalinowski

Stephanie Kalinowski, 5, East Islip with her 1
Photo Credit: Bruce Gilbert

Stephanie Kalinowski, 5, of East Islip, with her 1 pound, 1 ounce tomato at Newsday's Great Long Island Tomato Challenge in Melville on Friday, Aug. 19, 2016.

Corinn Kraemer

Corinn Kraemer, Bohemia, wins smallest tomato with her
Photo Credit: Bruce Gilbert

Corinn Kraemer, of Bohemia, wins smallest tomato, which measured 4 points on the pica scale at Newsday's Great Long Island Tomato Challenge in Melville on Friday, Aug. 19, 2016.

Christina and Christian Boyd

Christina and Christian Boyd, Kings Park, with their
Photo Credit: Bruce Gilbert

Christina and Christian Boyd, of Kings Park, with their 1 pound, 3 ounce tomato at Newsday's Great Long Island Tomato Challenge in Melville on Friday, Aug. 19, 2016.

Christina Kraemer

Christina Kraemer, Bohemia, with her 2 pound, 2
Photo Credit: Bruce Gilbert

Christina Kraemer, of Bohemia, with her 2 pound, 2 ounce tomato at Newsday's Great Long Island Tomato Challenge in Melville on Friday, Aug. 19, 2016.

Tyler Ferragamo

Tyler Ferragamo, 12, of West Babylon with his
Photo Credit: Bruce Gilbert

Tyler Ferragamo, 12, of West Babylon, which measured 17 points on the pica scale at Newsday's Great Long Island Tomato Challenge in Melville on Friday, August 19, 2016.

Corinn Kraemer

Corinn Kraemer of Bohemia with her 4 pica
Photo Credit: Bruce Gilbert

Corinn Kraemer, of Bohemia, with her tiny tomato, which measured 4 points on the pica scale at Newsday's Great Long Island Tomato Challenge in Melville on Friday, Aug. 19, 2016.

Charles Kalinowski

Chuck Kalinowski of East Islip wins the 7-12
Photo Credit: Bruce Gilbert

Charles Kalinowski, of East Islip, wins the 7-12 age category with his 1 pound, 8.6 ounce tomato at Newsday's Great Long Island Tomato Challenge in Melville on Friday, Aug. 19, 2016.

Tom Hanley

Tom Hanley of Valley Stream with her 1
Photo Credit: Bruce Gilbert

Tom Hanley, of Valley Stream, with his 1 pound, 1.3 ounce tomato at Newsday's Great Long Island Tomato Challenge in Melville on Friday, Aug. 19, 2016.

Maria Papagiannakis

Maria Papagiannakis of College Point with her 2
Photo Credit: Bruce Gilbert

Maria Papagiannakis, of College Point, with her 2 pound, 14.5 ounce tomato at Newsday's Great Long Island Tomato Challenge in Melville on Friday, Aug. 19, 2016.

Maria Papagiannakis

Maria Papagiannakis of College Point with her 2
Photo Credit: Bruce Gilbert

Maria Papagiannakis, of College Point, with her 2 pound, 14.5 ounce tomato at Newsday's Great Long Island Tomato Challenge in Melville on Friday, Aug. 19, 2016.

Peter Notarnicola

Peter Notarricola, Massapequa, wins the biggest tomato with
Photo Credit: Bruce Gilbert

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

Charles Kalinowski

Chuck Kalinowski, East Islip, with his 1 pound,
Photo Credit: Bruce Gilbert

Charles Kalinowski, East Islip, with his 1 pound, 8.6 ounce tomato at Newsday's Great Long Island Tomato Challenge in Melville on Friday, Aug. 19, 2016.

Harriet Levy

Harriet Levy, Levittown, wins ugliest tomato at Newsday's
Photo Credit: Bruce Gilbert

Harriet Levy, of Levittown, wins "ugliest tomato" honors at Newsday's Great Long Island Tomato Challenge in Melville on Friday, Aug. 19, 2016.

Harry, William and Andrew Jos

Harry, William and Andrew Jos, Smithtown, win 6
Photo Credit: Bruce Gilbert

Harry, William and Andrew Jos, of Smithtown, win the age 6 and under category with their 1 pound, 1 ounce tomato at Newsday's Great Long Island Tomato Challenge in Melville on Friday, Aug. 19, 2016.

Hank Schirmer

Hank Schirmer, Oceanside, with his 2 pound tomato
Photo Credit: Bruce Gilbert

Hank Schirmer, of Oceanside, with his 2-pound tomato at Newsday's Great Long Island Tomato Challenge in Melville on Friday, Aug. 19, 2016.

Terese Keogh

Terese Keogh, Massapequa, with her 25 pica tomato
Photo Credit: Bruce Gilbert

Terese Keogh, of Massapequa, with her tomato, which measured 25 points on the pica scale at Newsday's Great Long Island Tomato Challenge in Melville on Friday, Aug. 19, 2016.

Ennio Latini

Ennio Latini, Bethpage, with his 1 pound, 12
Photo Credit: Bruce Gilbert

Ennio Latini, of Bethpage, with his 1 pound, 12 ounce tomato at Newsday's Great Long Island Tomato Challenge in Melville on Friday, Aug. 19, 2016.

Jean Goodwin

Jean Goodwin, South Hempstead, with her 15 pica
Photo Credit: Bruce Gilbert

Jean Goodwin, of South Hempstead, with her tomato, which measured 15 points on the pica scale at Newsday's Great Long Island Tomato Challenge in Melville on Friday, Aug. 19, 2016.

Peter Notarnicola

Peter Notarricola, Massapequa, with his 3 pound, 6.5
Photo Credit: Bruce Gilbert

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

Gary Schafter

Gary Schafter, Lindenhurst, with his 2 pound, 9
Photo Credit: Bruce Gilbert

Gary Schafter, of Lindenhurst, with his 2 pound, 9 ounce tomato at Newsday's Great Long Island Tomato Challenge in Melville on Friday, Aug. 19, 2016.

Kathy Brunderman

Kathy Brunderman, Bayshore, with her 1 pound, 14
Photo Credit: Bruce Gilbert

Kathy Brunderman, of Bay Shore, with her 1 pound, 14 ounce tomato at Newsday's Great Long Island Tomato Challenge in Melville on Friday, Aug. 19, 2016.

Jack Kalinowski

Jack Kalinowski, 9, East Islip, with his 1
Photo Credit: Bruce Gilbert

Jack Kalinowski, 9, of East Islip, with his 1 pound, 12 ounce tomato at Newsday's Great Long Island Tomato Challenge in Melville on Friday, Aug. 19, 2016.

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