During the Tomato Fest on August 7th, there will be two contests. The Royal Tomato King will be crowned and will preside over two different competitions. First, there will be a Tomato Contest. You can enter tomatoes in four categories:
1. Biggest Tomato
2. Smallest Tomato
3. Most Outrageously Shaped Tomato
4. Miss Congeniality/Personality (for the best decorated tomato; watch that Bedazzler...it's rough on tomatoes)
Each category has an adult and youth division, so please bring your entries regardless of your age. The Biggest Tomato will be determined based on weight, and the other categories will be at the discretion of the Tomato King. Entries must be at the market by 8:30 AM, so get there early to avoid the line at the entry table. The winners will be announced around 10 AM that morning, and we'll be sure to send pictures to the Leader of all the fabulous winners.
The second contest that day will be a Vegetable Sculpture Competition. You'll need your creative juices for this one. Using fruits and vegetables that can be grown in Missouri (no exotics please, and that means bananas and other things that don't grow here), construct a sculpture of whatever suits your fancy. It can be a house, a dog, a file cabinet...the possibilities are possibly endless! And just like the Tomato Contest, there will be youth and adult divisions. Winners will be determined by the Tomato King, and entries must be at the market by 8:30 AM. Once again, come early! During the band's break at 10 AM, we'll announce the illustrious winners, and the Tomato King will bestow gifts on the winners. (Okay, so it might just be certificates for Tomato Contest winners and a free t-shirt or tote bag for Vegetable Sculpture winners, but you'll be the envy of everyone and bragging rights last until the Tomato Fest next year!)
I hope you have toothpicks, tomatoes, paint, and zucchini at the ready. Don't forget, entries need to be at the market by 8:30 AM.