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12th-Annual Tomato Contest Winners Announced

[August 18, 2009, East Dundee, IL] Kelp, bat guano and mushroom compost provided an aromatic but effective competitive advantage to this year’s winning tomato in the largest tomato contest held Saturday at the Dundee Township Visitor’s Center. Elgin resident Adam Tobler, 25, took first prize with his 1-pound 8 3/8-ounce tomato that he said was grown with only natural fertilizers.

There were 22 entries of all shapes, sizes, colors and ripeness ranging from a bright yellow jelly bean-sized grape tomato to giant love apples that resembled misshapen softballs. This summer’s mild temperatures yielded smaller entries, but no less enthusiastic participants, said event organizer and visitor’s center board member Bill Zelsdorf of Carpentersville.

Tobler said last year’s entry didn’t even place at 2 and ¼ pounds, so he wasn’t hopeful when he picked his 2009 entry off of one of 12 plants in his garden. But he took home $500 in gift certificates and prizes from area businesses, including a gift bag from One Cut Above the Rest, a wisteria tree and rose bushes from Dundee Landscape Nursery, Old Country Buffet meal passes, Classic Cinemas movie passes, and gift certificates from Diamond Jim’s tavern, Manor restaurant, Piece-A-Cake bakery, and Liberty Lanes bowling ally.

Dude pwnd skateboarding, now he's pwning gardening, fucking amazing!

Adam Tobler from Mark Szymanski on Vimeo.