Michael Tonzi almost missed the awards ceremony.
His business, Tonzi's Catering Company of Auburn, was one of 17 entrants in the New York State Fair's Taste NY Food Truck Competition Saturday. The awards were scheduled to be announced at 7:30 p.m. at Chevy Court, the fair's main concert venue.
Ten minutes prior to the start of the ceremony, Tonzi unsuccessfully tried to get on stage with his fellow competitors. He was told by a security guard that the band scheduled to play at Chevy Court later in the evening would be going on stage next.
Tonzi retreated before making another attempt. On the second try, he was successful. He was the last food truck operator on stage.