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Featured tomato contestant: Tony from Mineola

Tony from Mineola has entered the 2013 Great

Tony from Mineola has entered the 2013 Great Long Island Tomato Challenge. Credit: Handout

Tony from Mineola is growing 3 varieties of tomatoes this year. His strategy? Fertilizing every 3-4 weeks -- "and luck!“

Are you in?

This year’s contest will be held at 7 p.m. on Aug. 23 at Newsday headquarters (235 Pinelawn Rd., Melville.)

Give your plants plenty of tender loving care all summer long, then bring your biggest, heaviest, ripe fruit to the event. I’ll weigh your tomatoes personally and crown the 2013 Tomato King or Queen.

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