Named as the official state fruit of Ohio, the vitamin C-packed tomato is being celebrated at the free, 48th annual Tomato Festival in Reynoldsburg, Ohio. The best news — the Festival is only a 2 hour drive from Cleveland so tomato lovers, rejoice!
A Bit About Reynoldsburg It was in 1965 that the Franklin County Historical Society named Reynoldsburg as the birthplace of the commercial tomato. Now every year the town presents the Festival in remembrance of that proclamation, attracting thousands of visitors from all over the state of Ohio.
This year’s Festival takes place on Friday, August 16 and Saturday, August 17 and will be held at Huber Park. Special Note: There will be free tomato juice for all visitors..
Some Interesting Facts About Tomatoes Ohio is the 3rd leading producer of tomatoes in the country and it is estimated that more than 85% of home gardeners include tomatoes in their gardens.
Reynoldsburg Tomato Festival Among the activities at the Tomato Festival will be viewing tomato displays and there will be tomato contests where participants and their entries will be vying for prizes in categories like Largest Tomato, Smallest Tomato, Most Oddly Formed Tomato, Best Tomato-Based Dessert and Tallest Tomato Vine.
Other activities include a cruise-in car show, games of skill (like corn hole and a tomato toss), inflatables (bounce house), a Queen contest and a Princess contest and don’t miss seeing the world’s tallest pinball machine.
Live musical performances will be provided by the groups McGuffey Lane and Marble Park. The Festival will also feature a Tomato Jam Battle of the Bands.
In addition, the Aladdin Shriner Clowns will be on hand as well as animals from the Columbus Zoo.
There will be plenty of food available for purchase (including fried green tomatoes) and there will be a Beer Garden. The Beer Garden will be open from 6 p.m. – 10 p.m. on Friday and noon – 10 p.m. on Saturday.
Hours for the Reynoldsburg Tomato Festival are 4 p.m. – 10 p.m. on Friday and 10 a.m. – 10 p.m. on Saturday. Admission is free.
For more information about the Reynoldsburg Tomato Festival call 614-866-4888 or get online at www.tomatofestival.org.
The Tomato Festival will be held at Huber Park located at 1520 Davidson St. in Reynoldsburg, Ohio. It is approximately a 2 hour drive from Cleveland.