The 29th Annual Tomato Fest will be on June 8, 2013 in Downtown Jacksonville, Texas.
(Commerce & Austin Streets)
Jacksonville, Texas is known as the Tomato Capital of the World. This title was given to the city back in the early 1900s, when our tasty tomatoes were shipped across the country in state-of-the-art refrigerated rail cars. Nowadays, people from all parts still know a trip to Jacksonville will procure a box or two of our famous tomatoes.
In celebration of our renowned crop, visitors arrive for the annual Tomato fest, held every second Saturday in June, just as the tomatoes ripen. Tomato Fest welcomes festival-goers to gather tomatoes to take home, anticipating their transformation into relishes, salsa, stews and more.
The festival boasts over 26 various activities for the entire family to enjoy. Activities include: Motorcycle, Tractor and Antique Car Shows, Various Tournaments (fishing, soccer & tennis), Arts/crafts/information Booths, Food Court, Farmer's Market, Salsa Contest, Tomato Shed Tour, Kiwanis Club Auction, Tomato Shoot, Tomato Eating Contest (celebrities & kiddos), Live Entertainment, History Display, Tomato Peeling, Tomato Mashing Contest and many Kids' Activities.
On June 12, 2010, the festival and its celebrated centerpiece even garnered Jacksonville a starring a role on the television show "Glutton for Punishment”. More than 150 local volunteers, alongside TV personality, Chef Bob Blumer, raced the clock to craft the world's largest bowl of salsa, certified by Guinness World Records.