There likely will be some red faces around Tipp City late Sept. 2, thanks to community’s newest event - The Home-Grown Tomato Fest.
The day will culminate in a friendly Great Tomato Fight.
The event is being planned for Canal Lock Park on East Main Street from noon to 4 p.m. as a way to feature Tip Top Canning Co. and raise funds for the Downtown Tipp City organization, said Heather Dorsten, Downtown Tipp City director.
“It started with an idea from local citizen Frank Scenna, who saw a similar tomato fight take place in Spain. With Tipp City's strong tomato ties and Frank's idea from Spain, our promotions committee decided to put this together,” Dorsten said.
Participants will be asked to bring their own tomatoes. The event’s prize trophies will Tip Top Tomato Cans with tomato plants inside.
The day’s events will include food trucks. Activities registration begins at noon.
A Bloody Mary competition will be held beginning at noon at the Tipp Roller Mill. It is for 21 and up and will feature local bartenders. Guests will get to try samples of each Bloody Mary and vote on their favorite. This event will be held inside the Roller Hill and cost $10 a ticket. There will be a 100-ticket limit.
Among other events being planned
Largest Splat Competition, 1-2:30 p.m.: Participants will be asked to bring their juiciest tomato and throw it at a target. Splats will be measured to determine the winner.
Largest Home Grown Tomato, 1:30 p.m.: Will look for the largest, heaviest tomato to be weighed.
Family Tomato Toss, 2 p.m., - Similar to an egg toss, partners will take turns tossing a tomato back and forth while backing up.
The Great Tomato Fight, 3 p.m.: Dorsten described this as “a friendly, fun event where we can toss tomatoes at each other at the end of the day. Please bring soft tomatoes and remember, this is just for fun.”
For more information visit, www.homegrowngreat.com/events/home-grown-tomato-fest .