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Now it’s Pizza Festival time in South Boston / October 12, 2017

At the first-ever Pizza Festival this Saturday, 14 people have entered a contest to see who can be quickest to scarf down a medium-sized pizza.

The contest begins at 11:30 a.m., shortly after the Pizza Festival opens at 10 a.m. The event will run till 5 p.m. in the parking lot of Halifax Square Shopping Center in Centerville.

Vinny Sarnataro will be passing out free pizza and drinks to the first 500 festival guests, with a full day of fun and fellowship planned. There will local musicians entertaining throughout the day.

The pizzas are being donated by local pizzerias, with each contributing 15 pies for festival guests to enjoy.

The event is free and the public is invited.

Participating restaurants and pizza shops are Italian Delight Family Restaurant, Dominos Pizza, O Sole Mio, Roma’s Italian Restaurant, Dinis Brothers, Little Caesers Pizza, Pizza Hut, Papa John’s and Pizzaman Vinny.

Youngsters can enjoy the bouncy house, face painting and free balloons. At 4 p.m., a silent auction will be held with donated items from the 67 sponsors of the event.

DJ Loco will kick off the musical entertainment at 10 a.m. followed by Public Consumption, playing dance and rock tunes. Troy Chandler, Sol Devine and Lee Smith take over the stage at 12:30 with the High Rock Ramblers performing at 1:30 p.m.

All proceeds from the day’s event will be split between two local groups:

» Halifax Dog Squad, which over its two-year tenure has rescued over 1,000 dogs, finding homes and providing vaccinations and medical support for the animals.

» Misunderstood, which mentors young boys ages 10 to 18, helping them find resolutions to their problems. The program currently has about 25 to 30 young mentees. Misunderstood also offers free haircuts each year prior to the opening of the new school year.

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