Great Eastern Shore Tomato Festival set for Aug. 20
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 email@example.com or visit www.dorchesterhistory.org.
Contestants sling away in the Great Tomato Wars competition at the Great Eastern Shore Tomato Festival held in Vienna.