Local Celebrities Ready for Tomato Fest Tomato Eating Contest


 Local celebrities determined for the ‘Champion’ title during the  33rd Annual Tomato Fest Tomato Eating Contest, sponsored by Citizens 1st Bank.  Some of the celebrities include County Judge Chris Davis, Nathan Jones representing not only the Chamber  but Jacksonville Economic Development Corporation and Austin Bank, another fighting for the taste of victory is County Commissioner Byron Underwood and others local celebrities up for the tomato challenge. 

Troy Parker of Jacksonville ISD has been the Tomato Eating Champion for the last two years so this is a must to see during Tomato Fest. This tasty competition will take place on main stage under the overpass on Commerce Street right across from Ivan Smith beginning at 11 am.  The contestants have 3 minutes to eat as many tomatoes as they can.  Who will win?  Come watch it and see who has the strength to eat as many tomatoes and beat Troy Parker.  Round 2 for the Tomato Eating Contest will be at1 pm with only kiddos participating.  The winners will receive a trophy sponsored by Citizens 1st Bank.

Other activities happening Saturday, June 10th are Soccer Tournament, Health Screening, Car Show, 200+ vendors, Tomato Peeling Contest, Best Home Grown Tomato Contest, Art Show & Exhibit, Entertainment, Tennis/Volleyball/Baseball/Softball Tournaments, Farmer’s Market, Fried Green Tomatoes, lots of festival foods, Motorcycle Show, $500 Got Talent Contest, $1000 Photo Contest, Tomato Shoot, History Display, Tomato Shed Tour, Downtown merchants sale and much more all happening on Commerce & Austin Street in downtown Jacksonville. Beginning at 7 pm that evening  the 12thAnnual Chili’s Street Dance featuring Brian Chance Band and Lady Chazz & the Tramps. 

Lake Jacksonville is the place to be on Sunday, June 11thwith a first time ever Spikeball Tournament beginning at 1 pm and then at 2 pm will be a Ski Show.  Come join the lake activities at the Concession area off Byrd Road and if you forgot to get your tomatoes on Saturday, no worries, The Tomato Shed on Alabama Street will be open from 10 am – 4 pm that day. It’s free so come enjoy family fun in Jacksonville, Texas.

For complete listing of activities, visitwww.Jacksonvilletexas.com/tomato-fest or call Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce at 903-586-2217.

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