17th Annual Tomato Contest


Closeup of 2013 winner Gary Schaffer for heaviest tomato: 3.01 lbs.
Close-up of 2013 winner Gary Schaffer for heaviest tomato: 3.01 lbs.


Long Island gardeners – adults and children – are invited to bring their home-grown tomatoes to the 17th Annual Hicks Nurseries Tomato Contest to be held on Sunday, Aug. 24, at the nursery in Westbury.
Prizes will be awarded for heaviest red tomato, largest circumference red tomato, tiniest red tomato and most unusual tomato of any color
Entries will be accepted at 10 a.m. on the day of the contest only and judging will begin promptly at 11 am. Each contestant can win in only one category. Tomatoes must be ripe with no signs of rot and not be frozen or previously frozen.
Hicks Nurseries is also encouraging children to bring in their “own-grown” tomatoes. Each child, 12 and under, will receive a special certificate. Children may also enter the contest.
Hicks Nurseries, Long Island’s largest garden center (established by the Hicks family in 1853), is located at 100 Jericho Tpke. in Westbury. For more information, please call 516-334-0066 or visit www.hicksnurseries.com,  www.facebook.com/hicksnurseries

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Dave Gil de Rubio
In addition to being editor of Massapequa Observer and Hicksville News, Dave Gil de Rubio is a regular contributor to Long Island Weekly, specializing in music and sports features. He has won several awards for writing from Press Club of Long Island (PCLI).




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