Daily Progress, Jacksonville, TX

February 25, 2013

BUSINESS CONFIDENTIAL: In June, the ‘Love Apple’ becomes the Big Apple for Tomato Fest

Ben Tinsley
Jacksonville Daily Progress

JACKSONVILLE — 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.


• 51st Tops In Texas Rodeo will be May 15  through May 18 of this year.

• The Relay For Life of Cherokee County Texas is scheduled for Fri., April 26 starting at 7 p.m. at JHS Mauldin Field.

This community-based, nationwide event sponsored by the American Cancer Society is dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem by "preventing cancer, saving lives, and diminishing suffering from cancer, through research, education, advocacy, and service."

To inquire go to  www.relayforlife.org; cherokeecotxrelayforlife@yahoo.com; or call 903-683-7483.

Ben Tinsley, a Jacksonville Daily Progress reporter with over 20 years in the journalism industry, writes Business Confidential, a column designed to help promote and help spotlight the diverse and growing business community of Cherokee County.

Wish to submit ideas? Simply contact Ben Tinsley by emailing btinsley@jacksonvilleprogress.com or call him at 903-586-2236. Tinsley can also be followed on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/bentinsley or on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/ben.tinsley.12.