One of the longest running festivals of the state, the Bradley County Pink Tomato Festival in Warren, concludes its 50th year Friday and Saturday June 9-10.
The festival was created to honor the county’s tomato industry and promote the region. It began as a one-day event in 1956 and today covers a full week, though the biggest days around the Warren town square, including a street dance and carnival midway, are on the second weekend. In honor of the 50th year, organizers are planning a bigger festival.
MCA recording artists Hot Apple Pie will perform a free show Saturday at 8 p.m. on the square. Hot Apple Pie’s single “Hillbillies” reached No. 1 on the VH-1 Country chart last summer, and also was rated among the Top 20 Sexiest Videos on Country Music Television. The band is fronted by Brady Seals, formerly of Little Texas. Bassist Keith Horne has toured with Tanya Tucker, Trisha Yearwood, Chaka Khan and Peter Frampton. And drummer Trey Landry previously was with Rodney Crowell’s band.
Saturday’s events also include a parade at 10 a.m. that attracts dozens of statewide political officers and candidates, as well as the All-Tomato Luncheon at the First Baptist Church. A 5K run and other activities are planned, along with appearances by Dallas Cowboys and Cheerleaders. Fireworks will conclude the festival at 10 p.m. Saturday.
Activities on the square open each day at 9 a.m. and include arts and crafts, rides, food, and the Game and Fish commission mobile aquarium. Derrick Rose will perform magic at 5:30 p.m. Friday and Bucksnort will perform for the street dance starting at 7 p.m.
Most events are free. A ticket is required for Saturday’s All-Tomato Luncheon.
Call the Bradley County Chamber of Commerce at 870-226-5225.