Great East­ern Shore Tomato Fes­ti­val set for Aug. 20

Dorchester Star - - Local -

VI­ENNA — The 5th An­nual Great East­ern Shore Tomato Fes­ti­val will be cel­e­brated in Vi­enna on Satur­day, Aug. 20.

An in­for­mal flea mar­ket at the Com­mu­nity Cen­ter on Race Street will start the day off at day­break, and the main event be­gins at 10 a.m. to run through 4 p.m. The fes­ti­val is fam­ily-friendly and free to at­tend.

The May­ors’ Tomato Chal­lenge Race will be the first ac­tiv­ity of the day.

Ven­dors of all types will be sell­ing their wares-hand­made jew­elry, scarves, an­tiques, col­lecta­bles, hand painted wooden signs, yard art, wax good­ies, sea glass art, de­coys, art and much more.

Tim­mons Fam­ily Blue­grass Band, of north­ern Dorch­ester County, will be on the Gazebo stage from noon un­til 4 p.m. East­ern Shore Dance Academy will be per­form­ing a va­ri­ety of dance in­clud­ing bal­let, jazz, hip hop and more.

Chunkin for Char­ity will be shoot­ing wa­ter­mel­ons on be­half of the Dorch­ester County His­tor­i­cal So­ci­ety, Inc., which is the spon­sor­ing or­ga­ni­za­tion of this event. For $3/shoot or 2/$5, vis­i­tors can take aim across the Nan­ti­coke and see their shots make a huge splash.

Fes­ti­val go­ers will have a chance to cre­ate their own large-scale art with some un­usual tools, and pur­chase art cre­ated by DCHS board mem­bers at a silent auc­tion.

Her­itage De­mon­stra­tors in­clude the Her­itage Fiber guild, show­cas­ing their wool and their goats, Terry Cran­nell and a Na­tive Amer­i­can ar­ti­fact col­lec­tion, a dis­play of his­toric items that have been un­earthed around the county by lo­cal metal de­tec­tor Tim Web­ster and more. Area non­prof­its will be on hand to share in­for­ma­tion about their or­ga­ni­za­tions.

Meet Tommy the Tomato at the Tasty Tomato Flights and en­joy 4 dif­fer­ent recipes for $5. Tommy will be demon­strat­ing how to fr y green toma­toes. Other food items in­clud­ing burg­ers, hot dogs, crab balls, and more will be served up by the Chicone Ru­ri­tans.

For the first time, fes­ti­val go­ers will have the op­por­tu­nity to de­sign and print their own t-shirts. At­ten­dees can even bring a t-shirt and print on it for $5/ print. T-shirts whether self de­signed or al­ready made will be sold for $12 each or 2/$20.

Lead­ing up to the fes­ti­val, DCHS will present “Cans, To­kens, and Ge­neal­ogy” as the topic for the monthly Ge­neal­ogy Lunch. At 12 p.m. on Wed­nes­day, Aug. 17, the Her­itage Mu­se­ums and Gar­dens of Dorch­ester will host Andy Hol­l­i­day, Dorch­ester County na­tive and fam­ily re­searcher, to speak about the his­tory of can­ning houses in Dorch­ester and their re­la­tion to lo­cal fam­i­lies.

For in­for­ma­tion about the fes­ti­val or ge­neal­ogy lunch, call 410.228.7953 email dchs@ver­i­ or visit www.dorch­ester­his­


Con­tes­tants sling away in the Great Tomato Wars com­pe­ti­tion at the Great East­ern Shore Tomato Fes­ti­val held in Vi­enna.

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