As to the history of the festival, farmers in Bradley County have been raising tomatoes for sale since the 1920s. They chosea variety of tomato that would ship well if picked when the tops of the fruit just barely turned pink. In 1956, a group of Warren merchants decided to host an event to celebrate the tomato industry. Thus, the festival was born. From a one-day event the festival has grown to a week long celebration. For more details, visit www.bradleypinktomato.com.
Did you know the Bradley County Pink Tomato Festival ( June 7-9 ) in Warren is one of the oldest continuous running festivals in the state? And did you know the Bradley County Vine Ripe Pink Tomato was chosen to be the state’s official fruit and vegetable in 1987? Yep. The tomato is considered a fruit botanically, but is often used as a vegetable. Because of this dual nature, it is used as both the official state fruit and the official state vegetable.
But back to the festival. The aim of the Pink Tomato Festival is to celebrate the symbol of Bradley County: the tomato. Over the course of the festival there will be arts and crafts, livemusic, a ‘ Great Bowls of Fire’ salsa competition, a tomato packing contest, a tomato eating contest, a 5K , a parade, a firework show, a Warren Ghost Tour, and more. On Saturday night from 8:30-10 p.m. Marty Stuart & The Fabulous Superlatives are scheduled to play as the music headliners.
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