Tomato Fest ELECTRICITY SOLD OUT 3/21/2017
33rd Annual Tomato Fest set for Saturday, June 10, 2017.
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 33rd Annual Tomato Fest, Saturday, June 10th, 2017 (Second Saturday in June)
A week of fresh, natural fun in Jacksonville, TX! Monday, June 5th, 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 3nd annual Dodgeball Challenge on June 5th & 6th in the John Alexander Gym. Wednesday, June 7th, Cornerstone Baptist Church will host a Gospel Concert featuring Cordsmith. Thursday, June 8th 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 9th & 10th at the Tomato Bowl. A Tennis Tournament is set for June 10th at the Jacksonville High School. A Tomato Fest Baseball & Softball Tournament is set for June 10th at the Athletic Complex. Two new events this year, Volleyball Tournament set for June 10th at Buckner Park and Tomato 5k on June 10th at Nichols Green Park. Saturday June 10th kicks off the 33rd 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 11th at 2:00 pm there will be a Ski Show on Lake Jacksonville and new this year, A Spikeball Tournament at Lake Jacksonville concession area begins at 1:00 pm.
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.
Fresh, Natural, Fun and Tomatoes! Tomato Fest Week - June 5 - 11, 2017
Special Tomato Fest rates at our local hotels...must call hotel direct and ask for 2017 Tomato Fest rate.