Onion Eating Contest

Onion Eating Contest Pine Island NY

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About the Pine Island Onion Eating Contest
The Pine Island Chamber of Commerce held its twelfth annual Pine Island Onion Eating Contest on Sunday, Sept. 1, at the Polish Legion of American Veterans Pavilion at 4 p.m. The contest is in celebration of Pine Island’s 3,000 acres of hearty onions that are famous throughout America.

This event is held in cooperation with the annual Onion Festival featuring 18-time Grammy Award winner Jimmy Sturr and his Orchestra.

The winner receives a check for $100 from the Orange County Vegetable Growers Association and a plaque sponsored by the Orange County Farm Bureau.

Registration is limited to 12 contestants and pre-registration is required. Contestants may register by calling Russell Kowal at 258-4792 or any chamber officer. For advance tickets to the Onion Festival call 1-800-724-0727.

Emcee, Russell Kowall tells the Onion Festival Viewers about the Onion Eating Contest.
Some of the contestants get their onions ready.
Robert Gillespie, Center, 2017 Winner, is back for another try.
Ray Weslowski, 2018 and multi year winner in the past is serious about repeating.
Serious business...
2019 Winner, Robert Gillespie has his second big win.
Orange County Legislator, Paul Ruszkiewicz, presents a check for $100 from the Orange County Vegetable Growers to 2019 winner, Robert Gillespie. Pictured on the left is Town Councilman and event organizer, Russel Kowall. Pictured on the right, between Paul and Robert is Jimmy Sturr, host and sponsor of the Onion Festival.
State Senator, Jen Metzger and Assemblyman, Karl Brabenec present a State of New York Legislative Resolution proclaiming Wednesday, August 2019 as Onion Appreciation Day in the state of NY. Pictured from left to right are Janet Zimmerman, representing the Pine Island Chamber of Commerce, Russell Kowal, representing the Warwick Town Council and Paul Ruszkiewicz representing the Orange County Legislature. (Off camera to the right in the next picture is John J. Ruszkiewicz, representing Pine Island Onion Farmers.
Assemblyman Karl Brabenec, acknowledges John J. Ruszkiewicz, representing Pine Island Onion Farmers.

For more information on the Onion Eating Contest, email the Chamber

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Annual Social and Installation of Officers

Annual Social and Installation of Officers

The Pine Island Chamber of Commerce held its Annual Social and Installation of Officers Sunday, October 27, 2019 at the Jolly Onion, 625 Glenwood Road in Pine Island, New York. The event included a luncheon buffet prepared by Chef Armand Vanderstgchel and featured music by Joe Frazita.

This program included award presentations to Katie Rudy-Tomczak, named 2019 Pine Island Citizen of the Year, Susan McCosker honored for her Distinguished Service and Vidar Hageman honored with a Youth Achievement Award.

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Black Dirt Feast

Black Dirt Feast at Scheuermann Farms, August 6, 2019 was a great event!

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This Farm-to-Table celebration pairs a sumptuous al fresco meal with fine wines on the great lawn of Scheuermann Farms & Greenhouses. Guests sit at tablescapes of beautiful linens, china and crystal as they relax at sunset and listen to live music in the breathtaking Black Dirt region.

This year’s fare consists of a six-course tasting menu from local chefs with salads by Eddie Cullari of Eddie’s Roadhouse, a savory soup from the Jolly Onion, fish from Steven Ernst of Westtown Fare, poultry by Shannon of Shannon’s Eyes on the Pies, meat from Fannie’s of Warwick with desserts from Jean Claude’s Patisserie and Bakery. Shawn Hubbell of Amuzae will provide passed hors d’oeuvres during the cocktail hour, along with a raw bar sponsored by Hudson Valley Seafood, and The Conscious Fork will provide vegetarian alternative courses.

The Hudson Valley String Quartet, an ensemble of professional musicians who reside in the area, will provide dinner entertainment. Brass Quintessence, a brass quintet of local music teachers, returns to entertain during the cocktail hour. Special vases fashioned by local artist Connie Rose will feature floral arrangements by Sally Scheuermann, cut from the Farm.

The Black Dirt Feast is sponsored by the Pine Island Chamber of Commerce, and benefits the local community through its scholarship program for college-bound students and donations to area food pantries. The Black Dirt Feast showcases products from local farms and the award-winning chefs who utilize them.

Tickets

Tickets to this year’s feast are SOLD OUT!

The Black Dirt Feast is an annual fundraising event sponsored by the Pine Island Chamber of Commerce.
For more information, email the Chamber.

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Merchandise for Sale

Pine-Island-Chamber-T-Shirt

“I Love Pine Island” T-Shirts

100% pre-shrunk cotton.
Available in adult sizes, in black or white – $15 ea
Children sizes available also in white – $8 ea

Email the Chamber

or call 845-258-1469 for details on ordering


Pine-Isand-Chamber-Note-Cards

Historic Pine Island Notecards

Boxed Set includes 12 Blank Cards,
12 Envelopes (size A2) – $15 ea
FOUR different scenes in each set.
Historic Pine Island School, Pine Island Train Station,
original Seely Hardware Store and
Webster’s Feed & Grain.

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or call 845-258-1469 for details on ordering


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Black Dirt Feast Aprons

Machine washable full front apron
imprinted withthe Pine Island Chamber’s
Black Dirt Feast logo – $20

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Citizens of the Year

For their dedication to the community, Janet and Jerry Zimmerman will be honored as the 2018 Pine Island Citizens of the Year.

The awards will be presented at the Pine Island Chamber of Commerce’s Annual Social, which will be held this year on Sunday, Oct. 28, at 12:30 p.m. at the Landmark Inn, 526 Route 94 in Warwick.

Here’s how the chamber described their contributions to the community in the press release detailing the award:

“Janet and Jerry have relentlessly served the Pine Island community in many ways, often unnoticed and without hesitation. Always a welcoming neighbor and very involved throughout the town, they are often the friendly faces greeting guests at many of our Chamber’s events. Their work behind the scenes of the Black Dirt Feast and PumpkinFest has been instrumental to the success of both events. Together, Janet and Jerry are the first volunteers to arrive and work an event for the betterment of Pine Island, and they almost always are the last to leave.

“Both Janet and Jerry are retired school teachers, Janet from Elementary Education and Jerry from High School. Jerry originally taught English, but later learned and taught computer science. He was often sought after as a technology assistant to teach NY City municipal clerks and secretaries how to operate computer systems. Since their move to the Pine Island Community nearly twelve years ago, Jerry has publicized the Pine Island Chamber through E-newsletters, press releases, the posting of special events, and overseeing website updates. Janet also serves as the Chamber’s Vice President and Membership Chairperson. It’s very evident that both Janet and Jerry believe in community service and giving back.”

Distinguished Service Award
In addition, Fran Gallardo, a lifetime Pine Island resident and retired school social worker for BOCES, will be awarded the Pine Island Chamber of Commerce’s 2018 Distinguished Service Award.

For many years, she has been volunteering with children and events in the area such as PumpkinFest and the summer enrichment program for migrant children. She possesses many talents of which she teaches and displays to children as a coordinator of activities such as face painting, artful crafts, and sewing. She is always helpful and willing to serve her community.

Youth Achievement Awards
The Pine Island Chamber of Commerce will also recognize two high school students with the 2018 Youth Achievement Awards. Both are Pine Island residents who have shown exemplary service to their community, and commitment to their school.

Ava Ghobadian has been volunteering at Pine Island events, serves as Class President along with time spent in High School Senate, Homecoming Committee and Varsity Tennis. Ava is fascinated by microbiology and has undertaken a research project looking at soil micro bacteria and it’s benefits to the environment and to farmer’s crop yields.

Daniel Rodriguez is also committed to Pine Island as a volunteer at the annual Black Dirt Feast and as a camp counselor at Pine Island Summer Recreation. He is a student-athlete currently on the Warwick Valley Varsity Football Team.

The installation of the newly elected Board of Directors and Officers of the Chamber will also take place at the Chamber’s Annual Social. Tickets for the event are $30 and can be reserved by calling the Secretary at 845-258-2078 or via email chamber@pineislandny.com.


Past Recipients

1982 David Paffenroth
1983 Vincent Poloniak
1984 Alice Yanosh
1985 Vincent DeRosa
1986 Helen Yungman
1987 Vincent Kosuga
1988 Conrad Morgiewicz
1989 Elaine & Walter Greiner

 

1990 John Wydra
1991 Frances Sodrick
1992 Barbara Morgiewicz
1993 Theresa Bogdanski
1994 Stanley Schultz
1995 Leonard DeBuck
1996 Alice Gerczak
1997 Susan Wilk
1998 Paulette Wilk-Rudy
1999 Ted Purta
2000 Charles Lain
2001 Jane Hamburger
2002 Bruno & Diane Ferretti
2003 Susan D’Attolico-Kobiela
2004 Russell Kowal
2005 William Nolan
2006 Peter J. Groenendaal
2007 Cheryl Rogowski
2008 Bob and Sally Scheuermann
2009 Stanley Gurda
2010 Jeanie and John Reiley
2011 Tribute to Founding Members
2012 Dave Dudlo
2013 Richard Labanoski
2014 John J. Ruszkiewicz
2015 Kelly Lee Pikul
2016 Nancy Scheinert
2017 John Redman
2018 Janet and Jerry Zimmerman

 


 

For more information on the Pine Island Citizen of the Year and Youth Citizen of the Year Awards, email the Chamber

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Mixers and Socials

Annual Social:
As the Chamber’s biggest annual social event, the Annual Social features live music, hot and cold hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar. This event includes the installation of Chamber officers and presentations for the Chamber’s annual Citizen of the Year and Youth Achievement Awards. This event is open to all.
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Holiday Mixer:
In December, the Pine Island Chamber hosts and organizes a casual holiday mixer at a local eatery for the purpose of networking and holiday mingling. Open to all. Click for details for this year.


Spring Mixer:
The Pine Island Chamber hosts a mixer each spring at a local restaurant or business to provide an opportunity to network and socialize with fellow members, friends and guests. Open to all.


Click here for Pine Island Chamber of Commerce Event Calendar.

Check the Pine Island Chamber website and Facebook page regularly for details and updates on events!
For information, email the Chamber.

 

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