Our gardens have really taken a toll with this recent rain but there are still many gardens growing tomatoes and we are inviting everyone to our Hopkins County Tomato Festival hosted by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Office in Hopkins, the City of Sulphur Springs, the master wellness volunteers and Hopkins County Master Gardeners.
This year, the Tomato Festival will be held June 27, 2015 at the Sulphur Springs City Hall Courtyard (we normally have the festival at the Celebration Plaza but this year the city has planned a fireworks celebration of 4th of July that will occupy all the square). This year, the tomato festival has the traditional two components: the growing portion where tomatoes are judge as fruits in three classes: Cherry, Pear, Large Red, and the new class called Goliath, which is the biggest entry by weight in one division: Open and the Tomato festival recipe contest, where tomato-based recipes are judge by taste. The classes for the tomato recipe contest are main dish, side dish and salsa in three age divisions: Children, Youth and Adults. All entries for the 2015 Hopkins County Tomato Festival have to be on site by 5:30 PM. Free entries. Awards and certificates for Class winners.