It's never too early to promote the fact that in a few months the Jacksonville Love Apple will rear its juicy, delicious, head.
Talking, of course, about the 29th-annual Tomato Fest, slated to begin downtown — Commerce and Austin Streets — on June 8.
Fans of the event are already starting to converge on the Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce Facebook page.
"Can hardly wait for these J'ville tomatoes," posted FB follower Marsha Jackson.
Zvents describes Jacksonville as being "known for the best tastin' tomatoes" in this, the Tomato Capital of the World.
Thousands upon thousands of attendees are expected to attendTomato Fest There will be at least 26 activities — everything, basically, but the kitchen sink — as designed for the entire family.
This includes motorcycle events; tractor and antique car shows; various fishing, soccer and tennis tournaments; arts and crafts; a food court, a farmer's market, and a salsa contest.
There also will be a tomato shed tournament; a Kiwanis Club auction; a tomato shoot; a tomato eating contest; a history display; tomato peeling; a tomato mashing contest; and various activities for children.
(Wouldn't it be awesome to have a "Lucy And Ethyl" tomato stomping contest, too? Or is that completely and utterly out of context?)
According to the Jacksonville Chamber Facebook page, entry forms for Tomato Fest should be available fairly soon.
Anyhoo, to inquire about these fine June events, contact the Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce at 903-586-2217 or visit www.jacksonvilletexas.com.
The Jacksonville Daily Progress will keep you posted.
For you business types who like a side dish of expediency and modern technology to go with your Civic Duty, it is important to note that the Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce recently acquired PayPal for your payment convenience.
Payments are now being accepted online.
First place in this event goes to Jacksonville Iron & Metal -- tagline "Turn your scrap into cash!" — for making theirs the first online payment to the Chamber.