The 2012 Tomato Fest had more people in attendance than the previous year by mid-day Saturday.
“We've had more than last year, and it's still (was not) over,” Peggy Renfro, Chamber of Commerce president, said. “We couldn't have done it without our sponsors.”
One of the many events at the 28th annual Tomato Fest was the Tomato Peeling Contest which was won by 9 year-old Colton Granberry of Fairfield.
Granberry took part in the contest with eight other contestants of various ages. The goal of the contestants was to peel the tomato with their teeth and still have the tomatoes look as similar as they did before losing the skin.
Granberry who came to the Tomato Fest for the first time, said, “It was pretty cool, he said. “I got a lot of tomato peels in my teeth and a lot of tomato seeds too.”
Later in the day, kids between 7 to 12 year olds competed in the tomato-eating contest which was won by 11-year old Isaac Landin of Jacksonville.
“I eat them (tomatoes) a lot,” Landin said. “I'm one of the fastest eaters in my family, except for my sister. My mom is going to love this.”
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