34th Annual Tomato Fest set for Saturday, June 9, 2018.
Fresh, Natural, Fun!
Downtown Jacksonville Texas (Commerce Street, from Austin St. to Bolton St.)
Please contact Kim Smith Coordinator@JacksonvilleTexas.com for any additional info
This will be Jacksonville's 34th Annual Tomato Fest, Saturday, June 9th, 2018 (Second Saturday in June)
A week of fresh, natural fun in Jacksonville, TX! Monday, June 4th, Dick Stone, Mayor of Jacksonville, will proclaim Jacksonville, Tomatoville for the week, A Circle of Ten will host Music Circle Monday. Family 1st Clinic & Med Spa will host the 4th annual Dodgeball Challenge on June 4th & 5th in the John Alexander Gym. Wednesday, June 6th, Cornerstone Baptist Church will host a Gospel Concert. Thursday, June 7th at 5:00 pm, shop Sadler's Farmer's Market, held every Thursday during summer months. The Tomato Fest Soccer Tournament is set for June 8th & 9th. A Tennis Tournament is set for June 9th at the Jacksonville High School. 2nd Tomato 5k on June 9th at Nichols Green Park. Saturday June 9th kicks off the 34th Annual Tomato Fest at 9:00 am, these are a few of the events – Tomato Eating Contest (Celebrity & Kids), Tomato Peeling Contest (peel tomato with your teeth), Tomato Packing Contest, Salsa Contest, Best Home Grown Tomato Contest, Tomato Shoot (kiddos learn safety of shooting a BB Gun and shooting tomatoes), Tomato Archery, 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, 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 10th at 2:00 pm there will be a Ski Show on Lake Jacksonville.
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.