The 32nd Annual Tomato Fest will be held
Saturday, June 11, 2016.
Downtown Jacksonville Texas (Commerce Street)
Please contact Kim Smith Coordinator@JacksonvilleTexas.com for any additional info
This will be the 32nd Annual Tomato Fest, Saturday, June 11th, 2016 (Second Saturday in June)
Here’s what we have planned this year, a week full of events. Monday, June 6th, Dick Stone, Mayor of Jacksonville will proclaim Jacksonville, Tomatoville for the week, A Circle of Ten will host Music Circle Monday. Family 1st will host the 2nd annual Dodgeball Challenge on June 6th & 7th. Wednesday, June 8th, Cornerstone Baptist Church will host the Gospel Concert featuring Cordsmith. The Tomato Fest Murder Mystery Dinner will be on Thursday, June 9th at the Landmark Event Center also on Thursday is Farmer's Market at Sadler's. A Soccer Tournament will be held June 10th & 11th at the Tomato Bowl and a Tennis Tournament will be held at the Jacksonville High School. Saturday June 11th the 32nd Annual Tomato Fest begins at 9:00 am, these area 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 have over 200 vendors, Got Talent Contest, Kids Zone, Antique Car Show, Motorcycle Show and fried green tomatoes! Chili’s Street Dance begins at 7:00 pm (this is the only Chili’s that provides a Street dance). On Sunday, June 12th at 2:00 pm there will be 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.
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.