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Newark, OH

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Tomato Festival

Tomatoes have deep roots in Reynoldsburg, which is near Newark, OH. Proclaimed the birthplace of the commercial tomato, the city has honored its famous export with its own festival for the past 45 years. Thousands of visitors flock to the festival, held the third weekend of August each year, to enjoy contests, arts and crafts, live music, and the crowning of the Tomato Festival Queen and Little Princess.

Don't Miss: Tomato Festival Queen Contest and the Tomato Jam Battle of the Bands

What's Served: Tomatoes (tomato ice cream, fried green tomatoes, tomato pie)

What to Bring: a Tide pen – so many tomatoes are bound to leave a stain

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