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  • The 33rd Annual Tomato Fest will be held
    Saturday, June 10, 2017.
    Downtown Jacksonville Texas (Commerce Street)

    Please contact Kim Smith Coordinator@JacksonvilleTexas.com for any additional info


    This will be the 33rd Annual Tomato Fest, Saturday, June 10th, 2017 (Second Saturday in June)

    Here’s what happened during the 32nd!  Monday, June 6th, Dick Stone, Mayor of Jacksonville  proclaimed Jacksonville, Tomatoville for the week, A Circle of Ten had Music Circle Monday.  Family 1st hosted the 2nd annual Dodgeball Challenge on June 6th & 7th.  Wednesday, June 8th, Cornerstone Baptist Church hosted a Gospel Concert featuring Cordsmith.  The 1st Tomato Fest Murder Mystery Dinner was held on Thursday, June 9th at the Landmark Event Center also on Thursday's during summer months is a Farmer's Market at Sadler's.  A Soccer Tournament was held June 10th & 11th at the Tomato Bowl and a Tennis Tournament was held at the Jacksonville High School.  Saturday June 11th the 32nd Annual Tomato Fest began at 9:00 am, these are a few of the events – Tomato Eating Contest, Tomato Peeling Contest (peel tomato with your teeth), Salsa Contest, Best Home Grown Tomato Contest, Tomato Shoot (kiddos learn safety of shooting a BB Gun and shooting tomatoes), Top Tomato Poster Contest (children 1-3 grade draw their top tomato), Health Screening,Live Entertainment and Farmer’s Market. The farmers sale thousands of tomatoes that day. We had over 200 vendors, Got Talent Contest, Kids Zone, Car Show, Motorcycle Show and fried green tomatoes!  Chili’s Street Dance began at 7:00 pm (this is the only Chili’s that provides a Street dance).  On Sunday, June 12th at 2:00 pm there was a Ski Show on Lake Jacksonville.

    The most popular event of Tomato Fest is the tomatoes. People will drive hours just to get Jacksonville tomatoes. The Tomato Eating Contest is fun as we have our local celebrities fight to be the champion tomato eater.

    Food Network – Glutton for Punishment (Bob Blumer) wanted to break 6 world records – 1 being a bowl of salsa and selected several towns that held a Tomato Festival. Jacksonville was awarded the location to break 1 of his 6 records. This took place during the June 2010 Tomato Fest on the steps of the famous Tomato Bowl (football stadium). It was great – we had volunteers, tons of visitors AND in ONE day we made 2,672 lbs. of salsa. Jacksonville is now recorded in the Guinness World Record as making the Largest Bowl of Salsa. To date, we still hold the Guinness World record. Half of the bowl is proudly displayed on a large entrance sign as you enter town – stating Jacksonville is home of the World’s Largest Bowl of Salsa.

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