Celebrating the Tomato
The city of Jacksonville takes its title as Tomato Capital of the World quite seriously throughout the year with large concrete tomatoes adorning the streets. Once a year, city officials do it big with the Tomato Festival, turning Jacksonville into Tomatoville for a week.
The festival takes place on June 10 this year and activities include live music, a farmers market, sports events at the Tomato Bowl, a tomato-eating contest, a tomato-peeling contest, a salsa contest, a best homegrown tomato contest, and a tomato shoot and archery. Other fun includes a talent contest, kids zone, car show, and fried green tomatoes as well as a Saturday night street dance. New this year is a Ski Show on Lake Jacksonville.