The Ruskin Tomato and Heritage Festival is making a revival!
Ruskin: The Ruskin Community Development Foundation is organizing this great event that started in the 1930’s and has been on and off again over the years. Townie Life will bring you the amazing story of the Ruskin Tomato Festival (now called the Ruskin Tomato and Heritage Festival) from the 1930’s to today next week.
For now, here are some details for this year’s May 6th event.
The organizers plan to include many of the festival’s original fun activities. In addition to all-day entertainment, a market, an arts and crafts fair, a Kid’s Zone (with old fashion games, potato sack races, singing hayrides, and other blasts from the past), lots of food – and tomatoes, the organizers are also bringing back the Miss Ruskin Tomato Queens Pageant (yes, Queens, as the pageant will be open to all ages).
Oh, and they are strongly considering including the historical (and hysterical) tomato fight (no promises on that one yet). More to come.
Follow the festival’s Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/RuskinTomatoFestival/
Kid’s Zone Volunteers: Contact Heather Barr at firstname.lastname@example.org
General Volunteers: Contact Juan Garcia at email@example.com
Contact Jen McCafferty at firstname.lastname@example.org
Vendor Applications and Information: http://www.jens-market.com/ruskin-tomato—heritage-festival.html
Contact Joe Zuniga at email@example.com
Ms. Tomato Queen Pageant Information
Contact: Selena Sandoval at firstname.lastname@example.org
A Piece of History Comes Back to Life
Well, this truly is exciting news. A piece of history coming back to life. So much fun.
If you talk to anyone who’s lived here ‘forever’ they’ll tell you amazing stories about the Ruskin Tomato Festival. I’ll be bringing some of these stories next week and I’ll continue to update details of this year’s festival as they are available.