GLENS FALLS -- An "Olympic style" competitive pizza-themed event is being planned for Sept. 18 in Glens Falls City Park, said Amy Collins Thompson, the city's tourism and downtown business director.
Details of the first "Got Pie Games" are still being worked out, but the daylong event will feature a range of competitions including dough tossing, pizza eating and an obstacle course run for pizza servers, said organizer David Britton, owner of Pies On Wheels, a mobile pizza shop.
Pizza shop owners from throughout the Glens Falls and Albany region will be invited to compete, with a goal of drawing attention to the pizza industry in general through a fun family event, he said.
Organizers are looking to tie in other food and beverage items, such as desserts, and wine or beer -- "in a responsible manner, obviously," Britton said.
Collins predicted the event will be well attended.
"It seems like a great idea. Pizza's pretty universal," she said.
The goal is for the games to become an annual downtown event that would start simple and get more grandiose over time, Britton said.
Organizers eventually would like to repeat the 1977 "World's Largest Pizza" stunt in Glens Falls that made "Guinness World Records," he said.
"To actually go for the record is monumental in itself," and will take several years of planning, Britton said.
Lorenzo Amato, owner of Oma Pizza, a former pizza shop that was located in what is now the parking lot next to City Hall, cooked the original 40-foot, half-inch pizza on Columbus Day, Oct. 10, 1977.
Amato sold an estimated 9,400 slices of the pie for a minimum $1 a slice donation to benefit the Heart Fund Radiothon and the Adirondack Chapter of the American Red Cross, according to an Oct. 11, 1977, Post-Star report.
Amato repeated the stunt with an even larger pizza in Wilton on Labor Day weekend 1978.
Britton said the Got Pie Games might link up with a local charity, but the first priority is to cover expenses.
"There could be and should be a charity element," he said. "But our first intent is to make sure our pizza vendors are made whole (for their costs)."