Sunday, July 29, 2012
The Grainger County Tomato Festival!
On Saturday July 28 I attended the Grainger County Tomato Festival in Rutledge Tennessee. I had never attended this festival before, and I really didn't know what to expect. I was absolutely blown away at how fun this festival is! There is something to entertain everyone, no matter what your age.
The festival was organized in 1992 to promote Grainger County agricultural products, specifically the tomato. Local growers set up booths, selling their products. I am not a huge tomato fan, but I have to say the tomatoes I bought at the festival were delicious!
Over the years more and more events were added to make the Grainger County Tomato Festival what it is today. The festival is held every year during the last full weekend in July. I am definitely going to this event next year!
I participated in the Grainger County Tomato Festival Mater Madness 5K. The 3.1 mile course was a challenge, but it was fun. I finished in 39 minutes and 36 seconds. The race started at 7:30am. Prizes were awarded to first, second, and third place overall and to first, second, and third place in each age category. I will be participating in this race in the future, it was a blast!
There was also live music at the festival. There were two music stages, and one dance stage. Pictured are The Dyers, a Bluegrass-Gospel band. There were several other performers featured throughout the three days of the festival.
If you like crafts, you will love the Grainger County Tomato Festival! Pictured above are handmade crocheted necklaces made by Joy Thornton. (Contact her at email@example.com) There were numerous local craftsmen and artists showcasing their creations. Pictured below are wind chimes made by Anne from Ding-A-Lings and Other Things. (Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org)
I had the pleasure of meeting several local authors at the festival. Pictured is Joe Shumock author of The "Letter Series". I also met Dianne C. Stewart author of "Quimbaya". If you are interested in either of these books, I will be posting a full review of each of them soon!
There was a tractor show, a car show, and Civil War reenactors. Like I said, there is something for everyone at the Grainger County Tomato Festival. Pictured below are some more pictures from the event.
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