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35th Annual Tomato Fest

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Experience Tomato Town in all its glory!


Festivities begin on June 1st with events throughout the week, with the Festival culminating on Saturday, June 8th.

June 1st, 8 am – Tomato 5K – Sponsored by AllSmiles

June 3rd & 4th, 6 pm – 5th Annual Dodgeball Tournament – John Alexander Gym –  Sponsored by Family First Clinic & Urgent Care; For info, contact Katie Royon at 903-284-6105

June 6th, 7 pm – Farm to Table Dinner – Local restaurant owner prepares a landscape of fresh homegrown food from local farmers at the beautiful venue Castle on the Lake. A menu of tomato recipes, fresh produce, and wagyu beef celebrates Tomato Fest week while paying homage to the local farmers and ranchers. Advance Reservations required. For ticket information contact the Chamber of Commerce at 903-586-2217

June 7th, 1 pm – 4-Man Scramble – Cherokee Ranch Golf Club – for information call 903-541-4700

June 7th, 8 pm – Neal McCoy Community Concert – Tomato Bowl

June 8th – Tomato Fest, Downtown Jacksonville, Texas – Five blocks of Vendors, Food, Farmer’s Market, Fried Green Tomatoes, Tomato Eating Contest (celebrity and kids), Tomato Peeling Contest (peel a tomato with your teeth), Tomato Packing Contest, Salsa Contest, Best Homegrown Contest, Live Entertainment, Talent Show, Car Show, Motorcycle Show, Soccer Tournament, Tennis Tournament, History Display, Top Tomato Poster Contest, sponsored by Dairy Queen (Hwy 69 South), and much more.

June 8th, 7 pm – 14th Annual Street Dance – Bands (to be announced)

The Tomato Eating Contest is just one highlighted event, as local celebrities fight for the right to be champion tomato eater. But, the true stars of Tomato Fest are the freshly-harvested local tomatoes! Visitors drive hours just to indulge in this renowned ruby red or lime green produce.

Come sink your teeth into Tomato Fest!