Sixth annual Tomato Festival upcoming

Staff Reports • Dec 17, 2015 at 6:43 PM

Bring those tomatoes – big, ugly and small.  

It’s time for Historic Lebanon’s sixth annual Tomato Festival set for July 19 at the Lebanon Farmers Market on S. Maple Street.  

The event, which will run from 8-11 a.m., highlights Lebanon and Wilson County’s local farmers and their produce. Contests for largest, ugliest, smallest and most perfect tomato will be judged and prizes awarded for first-place winners.  

Sally Palmer will be back with her homemade fried pies.  

“These always sell out, so make plans to arrive early,” said Historic Lebanon executive director Kim Parks.  

Big “O” concessions will be on hand with breakfast items, as well.

The Faith Lutheran Church Bluegrass Band will provide entertainment as patrons select fresh produce and enjoy one of the best benefits of summer in a small town, the local farmers market.

“Our group looks forward to the Tomato Festival every year. It is just a fun, relaxed event that we enjoy hosting,” said Kathy Adams, past board chairman of Historic Lebanon.

Historic Lebanon’s mission is to actively pursue the revitalization of Lebanon’s historic Public Square and surrounding neighborhoods. 

“We are lucky to have the farmers market so close to our square. It adds to the economy and is a bonus to the neighborhoods, as well as to the community,” said Parks. 

Lebanon was accepted as a Tennessee MainStreet community in September 2013. Historic Lebanon is the nonprofit organization in charge of the local program. For more information call Parks at 615-547-9795.

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