The 25th annual TomatoFest is soon to be in swing again, with a feast of food, entertainment, crafts, fresh produce and support of local food pantries.
The event will include wine tasting, a golf ball drop with a grand prize of $5000, and more.
“I think this will be one of the best TomatoFests ever. It only gets better every year,” said Tom Tracey, entertainment director.
Tracey said the organizers of this year’s TomatoFest have used the results of their online poll last year to incorporate events and items previous TomatoFest-goers said they wished to see at the event, hopefully making this year’s festival even more exciting and successful.
Entertainment events are scheduled to include an array of musical acts on two stages throughout both days, featuring a variety of musical genres. There will also be a Family Fun Tent, with various children’s activities.
Additionally, “Feathered Angels,” the name of some 100 doves, are set to be released at 2 p.m. on both Saturday and Sunday as part of the event’s fun, Tracey said.
This year’s vendors include J. Peter Brooks School of Beauty, Bella Handbags, A & M Vacuum, Auburn Purple Lancers, Skip Hill’s Baseball Cards, Dan’s Custom Home, Landers Chiropractic, JLN Enterprises, Biffled Inc., Nearly New York, Jerry’s Lunch Concessions, Simply Gifts and East Lake Products.
Crafters participating in this year’s TomatoFest include Ann Marie, Catskill Mt. Crafts, B Bowls, Bottlekaps, Reflections of Spirit, Nature Crafts, Luv Ta Do Crafts, Lockwood Farm, Fantasy Face Painting, Debra Ann Jewelry Designs, JLN Enterprises, Doll Fashions By Elizabeth, Jan’s Beads, Patti’s Potpourri, Native Creation, Candles & Things, Designs by Dana and Gia’s Gifts.
Farmers participating include Wyllie Fox Farms, Strawberry Fields, Haines Apiary, Bradford Heights Delights, Owens Orchards and Wilczek Farms.
And wineries that will be present include Montezuma Winery, Thousand Island Winery and White Barn Winery.
Event organizers advise that visitors may park at Auburn High School on Lake Avenue and ride a free shuttle bus, courtesy of Centro, to the main gate at Emerson Park.
If you go.
What: 25th annual TomatoFest
When: Saturday and
Sunday, Sept. 11 and 12
Where: Emerson Park, Owasco
Family Fun Tent:
Saturday and Sunday
• Noon to 5 p.m. — Three balloon sculptures
• 12:45 p.m. — Tomato Parade — children parade in costume
• 1 and 3 p.m. — Mama Pajama's Playhouse (singing and dance duo)
• 1 p.m. — Veggie art contest for children
• 2 and 4 p.m. — Bubbles, juggles and mime (performance)
• 1, 3 and 5 p.m. — Maxman reptile rescue (performance)
Throughout both days
• Make your own Play Doh station
• Face painting
• Dig and identify fossils
• Yoga lessons
Saturday, Sept. 11
• Noon to 2 p.m. — Auburn Public Theater House Band
• 2 to 4 p.m. — Uncalled Four (country music)
• 4 to 6 p.m. — Gary Dunes Band (‘50s, ’60, ’70s music)
• Noon to 2 p.m. — Soul Traders (R&B/jazz music)
• 2 to 3 p.m. — Crom (teen band, rock/metal music)
• 3 to 5 p.m. — Brad & Jen (duo, light/easy listening)
Sunday, Sept. 12
• Noon to 2 p.m. — Infrared Radiation Orchestra (psychedelic rock)
• 2 to 4 p.m. — Diane Jacobs and the Groove Theory (‘60s, ‘70s, ‘80s music)
• 4 to 6 p.m. — The Jam Bones (country/light rock music)
• 4 to 6 p.m. — Brad & Jen
• 2 to 3 p.m. — Crom
• 3 to 4 p.m. — One Voice (Christian)
• 4 to 5 p.m. — Dave Dominick Band (Christian)