The Grainger County Tomato Festival was organized in 1992 to promote
Grainger County Tomatoes. Our mission is to promote all Grainger County
agricultural products, specifically the Grainger County Tomato, and to
promote the many
local artists and craftsmen we have in our area. Over the years we have
added a number of special events making the festival one of the largest
free festivals in East Tennessee. The festival is
always the last
in July. Be sure to mark your
calendars! You don't want to miss it.
The 2013 Festival was another success in spite of the
heat. Attendance was estimated at 20,000. Tomato
and produce sales were very good, with thousands of boxes of vegetable
goodies leaving during the festival. All three stages of music were
well attended and the vendors did well. The old tractors brought back many memories. We were pleased to have
the Civil War men back. This year many took the opportunity to find
Civil War ancestors using modern computer technology. Apple butter making, herbal remedies and
a working blacksmith were great additions in the Living History area. The fine art,
history and authors area was packed and achieved it's goal of sharing
information and culture with a wide audience. We had more commercial
vendors and more things for children to do. Our famous Tomato Wars has
been expanded to both Sat. and Sun. so that more folks can get into the
action. One goal we have for next year is to improve our evening
activities; more things to do when it's a little cooler. We want to
thank all committee members who organized events, maintained the
grounds, and did all those things that made our festival one of the
best. We also want to thank all our sponsors listed below. Without
their gifts of money and services we would not have a festival.
Congratulations to our Pageant Winners!
THANKS TO OUR 2014 SPONSORS!
Murlin's Music World
Citizens Bank & Trust Company of Grainger County
New South Credit Union
WJDT FM106.5 & WBGQ FM100.7
WJFC 1480AM & 102.9 FM
WCRK 1150AM & WMTN 1300AM
Appalachian Electric Cooperative
Burger Bar & Country Storage - White Pine
Smith-Reagan Funeral Home
Tennessee Home Grown Tomatoes
Down Home Restaurant
Activities at the Tomato Festival may be photographed and/or videoed.
These photographs and videos will be used by the Festival Committee in
its promotional activities. By attending the Tomato Festival you give
permission for your likeness to be photographed, videoed, and included
in any promotional activity.