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Pizza Festival packs a crowd on first go-round

South Boston News / October 16, 2017
Henry Conner was the champion pizza eater at Saturday’s first-ever Pizza Festival, in Halifax Square Shopping Centerville.

Conner devoured an entire pizza, provided by Domino’s Pizza, around the same time most of the other 10 contestants had gotten only halfway through their pies.

A huge crowd turned out for the event, with the proceeds from the day split between Halifax Dog Squad, which rescues stray animals and Misunderstood, which mentors young males ages 10-18.

The event got under way with the morning sun just starting to peek out. Throughout the day, youngsters enjoyed colorful balloons, face painting, jumping around the bouncy house and riding around the shopping center parking lot in the free barrel train.

The first 500 people at the festival received free slices of pizza and drinks, and bands played throughout the day. At 4 p.m., guests bid for donated items in a silent auction, helping to generate about $5,000 for each of the two beneficiary charities.

Festival coordinator Vinny Sarnataro thanked members of the community for their support of the event, and expressed special thanks for the 67 sponsoring organizations that made the festival such a success.

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