Southern Appalachian Plant Society (SAPS)



Saturday, August 12, 8:00—11:00 a.m.

Kingsport Farmers Market

The Thirteenth Annual Homegrown Tomato Fest will take place Satur-day, August 12, 2017, from 8-11 a.m. at the Kingsport Farmers’ Market, Center Street & Clinchfield Street in Kingsport. This celebration of the juicy red fruit features tomato contests, free tomato tastings (including many heirloom varieties), free tomato refreshments, cooking demonstra-tions, tomato-growing advice, tomato recipes, activities for kids, and fun for the whole family.

Gather your finest and/or funkiest tomatoes and enter them in the con-tests for Best Tasting, Biggest, Prettiest, Ugliest, Most Bizarre and/or Best Dressed. Make an extra batch of your favorite salsa recipe and compete for bragging rights in the Best Salsa Contest. Admission is free and there are no entry fees. Entry forms may be downloaded from the SAPS website,, or picked up at Downtown Kingsport Association (DKA) or at the event. Entries will be accepted from 8 – 9 a.m. for all contests, and winners will be announced after 10 a.m.

Salsa Entry Form

Best Tasting Tomato Entry Form

Exceptional Tomato Entry Form

Volunteers are needed to help slice tomatoes, make tomato sandwiches, staff the salsa booth, help with children’s activities, etc. It’s a fun way to spend a Saturday morning and, if you’re a Master Gardener, your time counts for your volunteer hours. For more information or to volunteer, con-tact Dennis Marshall, Tomato Fest Chairman, at 423-288-3675 or

Homegrown Tomato Fest is sponsored by the Southern Appalachian Plant Society (SAPS) and Downtown Kingsport Association.

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