Grainger County Tomato Festival begins today, celebrates 20 years

RUTLEDGE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- The Grainger Coutny Tomato Festival kicks off for another year on Friday in Rutledge, 20 years after it began.

The festival will run through Sunday, with events throughout each day, and features crafts, food, live music, antique engines, a Civil War encampment and lots of tomatoes.

The event, which began in 1992, will happen in Rutledge.

On Friday, shopping starts at noon and is followed by the Grainger County Opree at 7 p.m. with award winning country music singers Kim Williams and daughter Amanda.

After the Opree, the Luminar Ceremony Relay for Life starts at 9 p.m.

On Saturday, the Mater Madness 5K run starts at 7:30 a.m. and is followed by the festival opening at 9 a.m.

At 10 a.m. Saturday, the "Famous Tomato Wars" will start behind the Vo-Tech building in Rutledge.

Registration for The Tomato Festival Beauty Pageant will start at 5:30 p.m., and the Pageant itself at 6 p.m. in the Middle School.

The Grainger County Anti-Drug Coalition Family Event will headline Saturday night on the main stage at 7 p.m.

On Sunday, the morning will begin with a Civil War Worship service at 10 a.m. on the main stage.

Following that, the "Famous Tomato Wars" continue at 2 p.m. behind the Vo-Tech building in Rutledge.

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