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Northport contest seeks pizza eaters

A pepperoni pizza waits for pick-up at John's

A pepperoni pizza waits for pick-up at John's Pizza on West 44th St. This location of John's features vaulted ceilings, stained glass windows and huge city murals. (March 4, 2010) Photo Credit: Sheila Griffin

A Northport pizzeria is seeking contestants for its upcoming pizza-eating contest, which will benefit a children’s cancer charity.

Nina’s Pizzeria is holding its ninth annual contest Aug. 6 for two-member teams that will tackle a 30-inch plain cheese pizza and try to consume it faster than other teams. Last year’s winning time was 17 minutes.

Artie Berke, who with his wife, Lynne, owns Nina’s, said each team must raise at least $100, which will be given to the St. Baldrick’s Foundation, based in Monrovia, Calif. The foundation raises money for childhood cancer research.

A short stretch of Main Street, between Norwood and Laurel avenues, will be closed for the event beginning at noon, and the pizza-eating contest will begin at 2 p.m. Berke said the event will include a festival for children, including slides and face painting.

Teams can sign up for the contest on the day of the event or in advance at St. Baldrick’s website.

For more information, visit the website or contact Nina’s Pizzeria at 631-261-6822.

Photo: Fortunately, contestants' pizzas will be toppingless.

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