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Who Has The Best Pizza In Oakhurst?

Vote Early And Often With Kiwanis This Sunday!

OAKHURST – It’s a question that’s oft debated, on soccer fields and in living rooms, after school and before dinner, and sometimes late at night: who sells the best pizza in town?

Local Kiwanis have taken that query to heart and invite the public to the first of what will be an annual event: “The Best Pizza in Oakhurst Contest,” featuring food, football, fundraising and fun.Set for Sunday, Jan. 20, noon to 5 p.m., the competition will be held at the Oakhurst Community Center. $10 buys 5 slices of pizza – one slice o’ pizza pie from every pizzeria participating in the challenge. Since the NFL Conference championships are Sunday, the Community Center will broadcast games from 3 big screen televisions installed specially for the Kiwanis event, thanks to Sears.

Kiwanis member Bruce Howard is Chairman of the Best Pizza in Oakhurst contest, and says the local Kiwanis got the idea from another club chapter where the pizza contest was a big success.

“We talked to another club who’d had all the pizzerias put up their pizzas and the people of the town voted to see who has the best pizza in town. So we modeled it after that,” Howard says. “We talked to all of our pizzerias and they’ve graciously agreed to participate and we’re very thankful.”

The five participating restaurants include Roundtable, Me ‘n Eds, Pizza Factory, Di Ciccos and Sugarpine Take & Bake. Organizers of The Best Pizza in Oakhurst Contest say everyone who attends can expect a good time and a full plate.

“For $10 they’re going to get a slice from each one of the five pizzerias,” promises Howard. “We are making this family friendly and having sodas and water at $1. Beer and wine will be $3, so it’s very affordable for the whole family.”

For football lovers, three big screen televisions will be installed courtesy of Sears Hometown Store, and owner Dwan Foster, who arranged for a DISH Network TV broadcast of the NFL playoffs during the contest. DISH products are available at Sears. Those who stop by the Community Center on Sunday can expect even more than football and pizza.

“Because we’re doing this two weeks before the Superbowl, we wanted to have an appetizer corner where people could get some ideas of what they would like to do for their own Superbowl party,” explains Howard, himself an avid chef.

“We’ll be using Raley’s products, and doing a series of appetizers that we’ll have available at $3 per plate and they’ll come with recipes available,” along with the allure of tasty desserts. Proceeds from the event will be used to support Kiwanis, which in turn supports local area programs.

“Kiwanis will use funds from this to help fund scholarships for Yosemite High and Minarets High School graduating Seniors, as well as Children’s Hospital and other local programs. We are working with the library on a Kiwanis Children’s Corner to be completed when the library is done,” says Howard, referring to a to-be-designated space within the Oakhurst Branch Library expansion.

With five pizzerias participating in the Best Pizza in Oakhurst Contest, there’s no telling who will get the bragging rights delivered by Kiwanis at their fundraiser, which in turn benefits the greater mountain area.

“The more community members that come and pay that $10 and buy the drinks and appetizers, the more money we are going to have to fund our local projects. This money goes right back to the community.”

Details: Bruce Howard (559) 683-7650

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