Grainger County, Tenn. (WVLT)-- It's been a rough summer for crops but Ritter Farms in Grainger County says they are ready for the upcoming festival.
"It's been a surprise for us this year. The crop is great and producing plenty of red and ripe tomatoes." said Nancy Ritter of Ritter Farms.
They actually planted their tomato crop a little late this year which helped in the long run for their tomatoes.
"If we would have planted during the heat wave; we wouldn't have the crop that we have today. We're still picking from our first batch of plants and we still have more on the way with our second batch." said Nancy
That's good news for the farm and for the thousands coming out to the Grainger County Tomato Festival this year.
It's the 20th annual festival with new attractions and exhibits for people of all ages.
Kathie Self, from the Grainger County Tomato Festival said "We have a new exhibit of toys for kids from the 1800's. There's also more arts and crafts to buy and of course the famous Tomato War is back."
The fun all starts Friday July 27th at noon and continues through Sunday July 29th. All the events are listed at the official website at the bottom of the page.