The Sylvania Area Chamber of Commerce and the Sylvania Area Joint Recreation District present “Pizza Palooza” sponsored by Kistler Ford on July 24 and 25 at Centennial Terrace, 5773 Centennial Rd. Times for the event are 5-11:30 p.m. on Friday, July 24 and 4 to 11:30 p.m. on Saturday, July 25.
Over 12,000 guests are expected to vote for their favorite pizza restaurant in this annual contest that features people’s choice and judge’s awards. The 10 pizza vendors vying for the best pizza restaurant in northwest Ohio and Sofo’s winner trophies are Amie’s Pizza, Bambino’s Pizza, Charlie’s Pizza, J-Cups Pizza, Jet’s Pizza, Jo-Jo’s Pizzeria, Mama Mary’s, Pizza Papalis of Toledo, PizzAroma, and Vito’s Pizza. Pizza will be professionally judged on Friday with winners announced at 8 p.m. People’s choice winners will be announced on July 25 at 9 p.m.
New to this year’s event is an app to simplify the people’s choice voting process. Chamber member Don Miller of GroundSpeed™ approached the Chamber last year to develop a plan to streamline voting by eliminating the paper ballot. Attendees can vote via the app on their iPhone/Android or through polling station on the premises. Pizza Palooza has seen steady growth in the five years since it began and the incorporation of this app will support its continued success.
In addition, media chefs and business leaders will be vying for bragging rights for the Corporate/Media Trophies. Media and Corporate judging finals will take place at 5 p.m.on Friday, July 24.
Funds raised from the summer event benefit the Sylvania Area Chamber of Commerce and the Sylvania Area Joint Recreation District for education and beautification projects
Palooza guests will enjoy the music of . Arctic Clam from 5 to 7 p.m.; The Grape Smugglers from 7 to 9 p.m. and Last Born Sons from 9 to 11 p.m. on Friday, July 24. Distant Cousinz will play from 5 to 7 p.m.; The Eight-Fifteens from 7 to 9 p.m. and A Bunch of Yahoos from 9 to 11 p.m. on Saturday, July 25.
Children’s activities are sponsored by Over the Rainbow Early Learning Center and will take place from 5 to 9 p.m. each day. This will feature clowns, face painting and activities from Imagination Station, YMCA/JCC, The Toledo Zoo, Salon Institute TIGI Creative School, Over the Rainbow Early Learning Center and The Bouncy Thing.
Admission tickets are $6 for adults, $4 for children 5-12 and children 4 and under are free. Pizza vendors will be selling pizza for $1.50 – $2 a slice. Advance Tickets are available at Metamora State Bank and the Sylvania Area Chamber of Commerce office.
Presenting Sponsor for Pizza Palooza is Kistler Ford. Pizza Supreme Sponsors are Metamora State Bank, Paramount Health Care, ProMedica Flower Hospital and the city of Sylvania. Pizza Sponsors are Over the Rainbow Early Learning Center, Kingston-Sylvania, SylvaniaVet, The VZN Group, Walker Funeral Home, GroundSpeed™ and Sofo Foods. Media Sponsors are The Blade, 92.5 KISS FM, 13 ABC, Lamar Outdoor Advertising, Toledo City Paper and Sylvania Advantage newspaper.