The tomato arrived in America in the late 1700’s along with many myths surrounding it. Did you know that early Americans thought tomatoes were poisonous? Fortunately for all of us, more than 250 years later, adventurous gardeners like Thomas Jefferson helped the tomato gain popularity. Though botanically a fruit, the Supreme Court ruled the tomato a vegetable in 1893. The import tax placed on vegetables (but not fruits) protected U.S. tomato growers at that time from foreign markets.
The Reynoldsburg Tomato Festival, sponsored by Heartland Bank and organized by the Reynoldsburg Visitors Bureau, opens for its 48th consecutive year, Friday, August 16 from 4 p.m. – 10 p.m. at Huber Park on Davidson Drive in Reynoldsburg. The event brings together community organizations businesses and area residents to celebrate the City of Reynoldsburg as the birthplace of the commercial tomato. The Festival continues on Saturday, August 17, from 10 a.m. – 10 p.m.
Highlights of the festival weekend include the following: Musical performances by the Bruise Brothers, Marble Park, McGuffey Lane and all the entrants from the Tomato Jam Battle of the Bands contest; family entertainment, Cruise-in car show, children’s games and inflatables, tomato contests, Tomato Queen contest, beer garden, kickball tournament, Columbus Zoo animals, dunk tank and pizza Taste Off.
Stop by the Tomato Festival and “ketchup” with Heartland Bank’s Reynoldsburg branch manager BJ Douglass. Just like there are thousands of varieties of tomatoes and millions of ways to prepare them, there are also thousands of opportunities awaiting you at Heartland Bank. Stop in and let us show you how we can cook up a financial strategy for you!
For a complete schedule of events, entertainment and activities, see www.ReynoldsburgTomatoFestival.org.