• 35th Annual Tomato Fest Saturday, June 8, 2019

     Tomato Fest Week June 1-9                


     CITY OF JACKSONVILLE VENDOR LICENSE  (Must submit a copy of the driver's license or State issued I.D. of each person working your booth)


    ALL vendors selling an item must send completed Vendor application and City Vendor License application to, Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce, 526 E. Commerce, Jacksonville, TX 75766.  Deadline to submit an application is May 17, 2019.   

     Food vendors contact coordinator@jacksonvilletexas.com or call 903-586-2217

     Salsa Contest sponsored by Gourmet Gardens application













  • 35th Annual Tomato Fest set for Saturday, June 8, 2019.
    Downtown Jacksonville Texas (Commerce Street, from Austin St. to Bolton St.)

    The Jacksonville Chamber will host the 35th  Annual Tomato Fest, Saturday, June 8th, 2019 (Second Saturday in June)

    For one week in June, Jacksonville becomes "Tomatoville"!

    June 1st, 8 am - Tomato 5K - Sponsored by All Smiles - Contact Destiny Westbrook All Smiles 903-586-0741

    June 3 & 4, 6 pm - Family First 5th Annual Dodgeball Tournament - John Alexander Gym  - Contact Katie Royon, Family First Clinic & Urgent Care 903-284-6105

    June 6th, 7 pm - Tomato Fest Farm to Table Dinner - Location: Castle on the Lake - Local Restaurant owner prepares a landscape of fresh homegrown food from local farmers at beautiful Lake Jacksonville.  A menu of tomato recipes, fresh produce, and wagyu beef celebrate Tomato Fest week and honor the local farmers and ranchers.  Advance Reservations required, for ticket information contact Jacksonville 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 - Neal McCoy Tomato Bowl Community Concert - Tomato Bowl

    June 8th - 9 am - 4 pm - 35th Annual Tomato  Fest - Commerce Street, 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 - Chili's Grill & Bar 14th Annual Street Dance - Bands (to be announced)



    The most popular event of Tomato Fest is the fresh tomatoes! People will drive hours just to get Jacksonville tomatoes. The Tomato Eating Contest is a highlight, 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.

    For information contact Kim Smith, coordinator@jacksonvilletexas.com or call 903-586-2217.

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