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By Alyssa Borg

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Every year since 2003, thousands of wacky Tennesseans come out dressed to the vines to the Tomato Art Festival that takes place this weekend, August 11th and 12th.

Located in East Nashville’s famous Five Points (aptly named as it is a 5-way intersection),Nashville’s Tomato Art Festival is a two-day extravaganza, featuring multiple stages with live music, haiku contest, a pet fashion show, a 5k run/walk, a Bloody Mary contest, and, don’t forget the bobbing for tomatoes competition…Yes, you read that right.

Gee, Jimmy! I love tomatoes!

And just to prove how integral this festival is to the East Nashville, and Middle Tennessee, community, the list of this year’s participants and vendors include jewelry designers, local Neighborhood Associations, local gift shops, reclaimed custom furniture, antiques, skincare, herbs and spices, nearby athletics clubs and associations, the area STEM Magnet school, multiple animal clinics, The Nashville Humane Society, the Davidson County Congressional Representative, farms, community service centers, theaters, seed banks, roller derby, pottery/ceramics, and NUMEROUS food and beverage vendors.

The list goes on and on and on, and can be viewed HERE.

Friday begins the ticketed Tomato Art Preview Party at Art & Invention Gallery, a free concert in Five Points.

And an exclusive V.I.T. (Very Important Tomato) concert and festival experience- check to see if V.I.T. tickets are still available.

And if you’ve ever wanted to participate in a World Record attempt, this is your chance. Festivities begin at 6pm, and at 7pm on the dot, Nashville will try its hand at the “Largest Gathering of People Dressed as Fruits and Vegetables.”

Saturday starts the day at 7am for the East Nashville Tomato 5K, followed by the Push, Pull & Wear Parade.

And this is Nashville- of course there will be lots of music, 4 stages to be exact.

And a rogue musician.

Or two.

Plus, there are an additional 2 stages dedicated to contests, cooking demonstrations and the official Bloody Mary Contest.

Mmm, is it brunch yet?

So if you’re a redhead, love that misunderstood fruit, want to check out local shops, artists, and restaurants, get a run in with some eccentric sights, just chill with awesome live music, or brag about that time you participated in a World Record…then this fest is for you!

Be prepared to be outside and bring sunscreen… Remember, you’re only supposed to dress like a tomato, not become a tomato.

Ouch.

And, if you get there early enough, you may be able to snag a prime spot at 3 Crow Bar,
and watch the festivities in some much-coveted shade.

Just don’t throw any.

Yeah, I’m talking to you.

For information, including vendors, schedules, and maps, visit

https://www.tomatoartfest.com/

All photos by Solar Cabin Studios

Originally published August 2017

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