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Burger Kings

Sure, tomorrow is the first day of March. We will turn an important corner on our long, dark, snowless winter.

But tomorrow is special for another reason: It’s the first day of the Great Westport Burger Contest.

The perhaps-not-long-awaited-but-certainly-hungered-for event follows last year’s equally tasty (and also Westport Weston Chamber of Commerce-sponsored) Pizza Contest. (There were 8 categories — just like the 8 slices in a pie. Click here for the winners.)

All month long, 18 burger-making restaurants will compete in 7 categories:

Each restaurant can enter up to 4 categories. But — in a nod to today’s no-one-really-loses culture — no restaurant can win more than twice.

The restaurants are Amis, Black Duck, Border Grille, Dunville’s, Harvest, Jesup Hall, Jr’s, Little Barn, Match Burger, McDonald’s, Parker Mansion, Rothbard Ale + Larder, Rye Ridge Deli, Shake Shack, Spotted Horse, Tarry Lodge, Tavern on Main and Viva Zapata.

(If you wonder why Five Guys is not on that list: So do I.)

Residents have through March 31 to visit the venues, enjoy the offerings, then go to the Chamber’s Burger Contest page to vote via cellphone or online.

Feel free to post photos online, using the hashtag #greatwestportburger.

Winners will be announced April 1. No fooling.

Fun fact: Tomorrow at noon, 1st Selectman Jim Marpe proclaims March “Westport Burger Month.” The lunch-hour ceremony takes place at Tavern on Main. When I think “burgers,” I don’t automatically think of that restaurant. But — as Pope Francis famously said — “Who am I to judge?”

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