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57th Annual Bradley County Pink Tomato Festival

Find all the food, fun and more in Warren now through Saturday.
WARREN, AR - The Bradley County Pink Tomato Festival is one of the oldest continuous running festivals in the state of Arkansas.

The 2013 festival kicked off last weekend with the Grand Tomato Ball but the main events are going on through Saturday in Warren.

During the Pink Tomato Festival, there's dancing in the streets in celebration of that symbol of Bradley County - the tomato.

There's something for everyone - food, shopping, arts, crafts, contests, pageants, a parade, a carnival, games, and live music.

A Little History
Farmers in Bradley County have been raising tomatoes for sale since the 1920s. They chose a variety of tomato that would ship well if picked when the tops of the fruit just barely turned pink.

In 1956, a group of Warren merchants decided to host an event to celebrate the tomato industry and to help promote business in the area. The Bradley County Pink Tomato Festival was born. It has since become a major summertime event.

Since that first celebration in 1956, the festival has evolved into one of the most well-known and respected events in Arkansas.

The Festival Parade and Pink Tomato Beauty Pageants were added in 1957. The All-Tomato Luncheon and Street Dance have always been crowd favorites. Other events have included: Arts & Crafts show, Tomato Eating contest, 5K Race, and the Pink Tomato golf tournament. New attractions are added each year.

From a one-day event the festival has grown to a week-long celebration, with activities for all ages. The Pink Tomato Festival is now attended by 30,000 people each year and many are Bradley County natives who come home to be a part of the giant homecoming celebration.

The Pink Tomato Festival has received state, national and international recognition. Every Arkansas governor, serving since 1956, has attended the festival. The Bradley County Pink Tomato was designated the state's official fruit and vegetable by the Arkansas

Legislature in 1987.

Click here to visit the festival website.

Click here to visit the festival Facebook page.

Click here to download the 2013 brochure and schedule of events.

Story content courtesy: The Bradley County Pink Tomato Festival website and Facebook page.
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