TIPP CITY — A light, misty rain wasn’t enough to keep a small, but eager group from pelting each other with tomatoes at the first annual Home Grown Tomato Fest Saturday afternoon.
Downtown Tipp City Director Heather Dorsten declared the first ever Home Grown Tomato Fest a success and said there are already plans for next year’s event.
Next year’s festival, which Dorsten said she hopes will be even bigger, might add a spaghetti eating contest and a salsa competition.
“We’ve got a lot of new ideas for next year,” she said.
This year’s event featured a Bloody Mary competition, won by Coldwater Cafe; a tomato toss, a biggest splat competition and a contest to see who could grow the biggest tomato. The event was planned by Downtown Tipp City and sponsored by Tip Top Canning.
The biggest splat competition, where competitors threw tomatoes against a target in hopes of creating the biggest mess, seemed to be the most popular event, Dorsten said.
Tom Cairns, back in Tipp City from Washington D.C. this weekend to celebrate his birthday with family, said he decided to check out the festival when he heard about the tomato fight.
The inaugural Great Tomato Fight was was inspired by the Spanish festival La Tomatina, where festival-goers throw tomatoes at each other in the town square of Buñol. Resident Frank Scenna said he’d been hoping to see an event like this in Tipp City for years.
“I think it was great for the first year,” he said.
The grower of the prizewinning largest tomato, Steven Pope, said he grew his whopping 1.4 pound German Strawberry tomato especially for the event.
Pope said he enjoyed the first year festival, adding, “I see this growing bigger next year.”