GILFORD — Lakeside Deli and Pizza of Laconia and Sal's Pizza of Belmont were the popular vote winners in the First Annual Pizza Bowl hosted by the Gilford Rotary Club at the Gilford Youth Center Sunday afternoon.
Lakeside won the People's Choice Award by popular vote and also won an award from a panel of judge's for its chicken kabob specialty pizza.
Sals Pizza won three awards, the Kids Choice award from those 8 and under, as well as being chosen by the judges for Best Crust and Best Sauce.
Gilford House of Pizza was the choice of the judges for Best Cheese.
Other pizza purveyors taking part included Papa Gino's, Pizza Express, Weirs Beach Lobster Pound, and Gilford Village Store. Additional support and beverages were provided by Lakes Region Coca-Cola Bottling Co. and Shaw's Supermarket.
''We had a good turnout with a lot of families showing up for what was a really fun event,'' said Don Clarke of the Gilford Rotary Club.
He thanked the pizza makers who took part and said that the club was very grateful for their participation in what is sure to become a popular annual event.
Lander and Sebastian Jones got to enjoy themselves by trying a variety of different pizzas at the first-ever Pizza Bowl sponsored by the Gilford Rotary Club which was held Sunday at the Gilford Youth Center. (Roger Amsden photo for the Laconia Daily Sun)
Judges for the first ever Pizza Bowl, held Sunday at the Gilford Youth Center, tried out dozens of slices of pizza as part of their official duties. The event was sponsored by the Gilford Rotary Club. (Roger Amsden photo for the Laconia Daily Sun)