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A Buffalo pizza party

WILLIAMSVILLE -- More than 25 of Buffalo's best pizzerias have gathered at Samuel's Grande Manor to compete for the pizza crown. 

People are starting to arrive at the event, which will feature pizza eating contests, box folding championships, a pizza play zone, a dough tossing contest, music and entertainment until 9 p.m. today. The event will also take place Sunday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Some of the categories pizzerias at the Buffalo Pizza Bash will be competing in include: best cheese, best pepperoni, best Buffalo style, best north towns, best south towns, best city, and best overall.

If you're worried about missing today's NCAA Tournament games, don't be. You can catch all the NCAA action here while enjoying Buffalo's best dish.

Tickets are available at the door for $8, which includes one free slice of pizza. Tickets for children under 10 years old are $2.

Samuel's Grande Manor is located at 8750 Main St. in Williamsville.

12:33 p.m. update: There's more than just pizza at the bash today. Cookies decorated like pizzas, varieties of gelato, and dessert pizzas are also being served. 

12:45 p.m. update: Some of the guests were surprised by the different kinds of pizzas offered by the pizzerias participating in the bash. 

"I've only had one pizza so far and the pot roast pizza is really good," said Zack Crimi of North Tonawanda. 

Alex Favata of Depew also enjoyed a change from the normal cheese and pepperoni.

"I had never heard of apple pizza," said Favata, who works at La Costa Verde in West Seneca. "I thought it was awesome and the spaghetti pizza was great. There's just so many different varieties of pizza I did not know about."

The box folding championships will begin at 1 p.m.

1:31 p.m. update: The box folding competition went into overtime after two of the five competing pizzeria employees folded 19 boxes in under two minutes. 

In the "box off" Garrett Aljoe of Mister PIzza came from behind to defeat Eatza My Pizza's top box folder and take the prize. 

Check out this video the pizza party and the box folding championships:

---Lauren Nicole Mariacher

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