Named as the official state fruit of Ohio, the vitamin C-packed tomato is being celebrated at the free, 50th annual Tomato Festival in Reynoldsburg, Ohio. The best news — the Festival is only a 2 hour drive from Cleveland so tomato lovers, rejoice!
It was 1965 that the Franklin County Historical Society named Reynoldsburg as the birthplace of the commercial tomato. Now every year the town presents the Festival in remembrance of that proclamation, attracting thousands of visitors from all over the state of Ohio. This year’s Festival takes place on Friday, August 14 and Saturday, August 15 and it will be held at the town’s Huber Park
Some Interesting Facts About Tomatoes Ohio is the 3rd leading producer of tomatoes in the country and it is estimated that more than 85% of home gardeners include tomatoes in their gardens.
Among the activities at the Tomato Festival will be viewing tomato displays and there will be tomato contests where participants and their entries will be vying for prizes in categories like Largest Tomato, Smallest Tomato, Most Oddly Formed Tomato, Best Tomato-Based Dessert and Tallest Tomato Vine. Other activities include a cruise-in car show, a bounce house for the kids, a Queen Contest and Little Princess Contest, bingo, karaoke and Hamster Balls. Featured food-related activities include a Spaghetti Eating Contest (Saturday at 2:30 p.m.) and a Pizza Taste Off (Saturday at 4 p.m.).
Among the artists providing live musical entertainment throughout the Festival will be groups McGuffey Lane, the Jack and the Jonalee White Trio and singers Cliff Cody, Brad McCloud and Tim Workman. In addition, the Shriner Clowns will be on hand and the kids will have the opportunity to meet and greet Ronald McDonald.
There will be plenty of food available for purchase (including fried green tomatoes) and be sure you don’t miss the pancake breakfast taking place on Saturday starting at 9 a.m. For the adults, there will be a Beer Garden. The Beer Garden will be open from 6 p.m. – 10 p.m. on Friday and 10 a.m. – 10 p.m. on Saturday.
Hours for the Reynoldsburg Tomato Festival are 4 p.m. – 10 p.m. on Friday and 10 a.m. – 10 p.m. on Saturday. Admission is free. For more information about the Reynoldsburg Tomato Festival call 614-866-4888 or get online at www.reynoldsburgtomatofestival.org.
The Tomato Festival will be held at Huber Park which is located at 1520 Davidson St. in Reynoldsburg, Ohio. It is approximately a 2 hour drive from Cleveland.