Little Falls, NY – Little Falls is shaping up to be a true “city of festivals,” having hosted numerous events throughout the summer months including the Little Falls Cheese Festival, a weekly Cruise-Inn car show, the Corning GlassBarge, and Canal Celebration. The roster of community events has grown in recent years to include the annual Art Walk and Midsummer Night’s Picnic thanks to partnership with the City, Little Falls YMCA, Main Street First, Think Local, and the Little Falls Tourism Committee. These organizations and others are pleased to present another enjoyable all-ages event that showcases this community’s affinity to promote building a “Local Living Economy” and provide family-friendly entertainment.

The city of Little Falls invites the public to join them on Thursday, September 20 for their 4th annual Pizza Challenge. This Third Thursday event is the perfect segue into fall as it centers on delicious warm food! Think Local member, Jessica Kelley, explains, “The days are shorter, and schedules tighter with school in session and the holidays on the horizon. The Pizza Challenge is laid-back event that can be taken at your own pace and includes competition which gives it an element of excitement. It’s a great night out for families!”

Participants can purchase a ticket for $5 to sample one party sized slice between 4-7pm at each participating pizzeria including Ruggiero’s Trattoria, Ed’s Pizza Place, Italian Feast and Pizza Boys which are all located on Main Street in Little Falls. In addition, ticket holders are invited to have a dessert bite at Il Caffé. Participants who get their tickets stamped at all four pizzerias will be given the opportunity to cast one vote by 7:30pm at Il Caffé for their favorite pizza to help to name this year’s Pizza Challenge victor! Past champions include Ed’s Pizza Place and Italian Feast. The 2018 winner will be announced on the Think Local Little Falls Facebook page around 8:30pm that evening.

Tickets may be purchased in advance at any of the participating restaurants beginning after Labor Day until 1:30pm on event day. During the Challenge, guests can purchase tickets at a ticket booth located at the corner of East Main and Second Street from 4-7pm.

Throughout the Pizza Challenge, several buskers will be performing along Main Street from 4-6pm providing live music for guests. Additionally, the acoustic duo, Poor Tim, will perform their musical stylings on Second Street from 6-8pm. A section of Second Street, between the Adirondack Bank entrance and Main Street, will be closed from traffic allowing guests to relax at picnic tables and enjoy the live entertainment.

Laura Powers, Think Local member, explains, “It is exciting to see our community pull together time after time to keep these events alive and growing. Summer was packed with celebrations and we have the 17th annual Garlic Festival coming up on Saturday, September 8th. The good times keep rolling with the Pizza Challenge as we continue to brand ourselves as a family-friendly festival destination in the Mohawk Valley!”

Additional specials will be offered throughout the City as part of Third Thursday. For more information on the Pizza Challenge, follow ‘Think Local Little Falls’ on Facebook. Third Thursday is a Think Local event co-sponsored by the Little Falls Family YMCA and the City of Little Falls Tourism Committee. Support provided by Market NY through I LOVE NY/ New York State’s Division of Tourism as a part of the Regional Economic Development Council awards. Additional financial contributions have been made possible through a grant from the Dale Trust, and funds from the Decentralization Program, a regrant program of the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and administered by CNY Arts.