13th Annual Lauderdale County Tomato Festival

July 11-13, 1996
South Main Street in Ripley

Sponsored by The Lauderdale County Chamber of Commerce
Coca-Cola Bottling Company of Memphis

Brochures provided by Bank of Ripley, web page courtesy CSS Internet Services

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Lauderdale County Tomato Festival

Courtesy - The Lauderdale County Chamber of Commerce

There are some 50 growers of tomatoes in Lauderdale County. Almost 1200 acres of Lauderdale County farmland are planted in tomatoes for the 1996 season. This labor intensive crop, using the latest technology, enables these specialty producers to not only produce income, but also enjoy working with the soil.

Staked plants grown on highly productive soils develop large fruits which ripen to a flavorful deep red color. Lauderdale County tomatoes are a favorite throughout the Eastern United States. Direct marketing to stores, brokers and fruit stands with long-standing customers enable growers to provide the grade and color these markets desire.

Tomatoes grown in Lauderdale County have become popular, and a ready market is nearly always available during the growing season.

The Lauderdale County Chamber or Commerce salutes the Lauderdale County tomato industry and the tasty tomato fruit by promoting the Lauderdale County Tomato Festival. Now as the Lauderdale County industry grows, the Lauderdale County Festival will grow and expand.

Main Stage Events

Thursday, July 11
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9:00amOpening Ceremonies
12:00pmJill Jackson, vocalist
12:30pmTomato Contest Judging
1:00pmKathryn Norman, vocalist
2:00pmMarilyn Barber, vocalist
3:00pmSharon Morris Group Music Class
4:00pmCharlotte Ammons, vocalist
5:00pmGospel Choir Singing
7:00pmGospel Quartet Singing
Friday, July 12
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11:00am50's & 60's Music
11:30am50's & 60's Dress Contest Group 1
12:30pm50's & 60's Dress Contest Group 2
1:30pmMarilyn Barber, vocalist
2:00pmCharlotte Ammons, vocalist
2:30pmKathryn Norman, vocalist
3:30pmJill Jackson, vocalist
4:00pmMarilyn Barber, vocalist
5:30pmCheerleading & Pom Pom Exhibit
6:30pmUncommon Thread (band)
Saturday, July 13
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11:00amCountry Music
11:30amJill Jackson, vocalist
12:00pmKathryn Norman, vocalist
12:30pmCharlotte Ammons, vocalist
1:00pmMarilyn Barber, vocalist
2:30pmJill Jackson, vocalist
3:00pmKathryn Norman, vocalist
3:30pmSoloist from Sharon Morris Class
4:00pmSharon Morris Group Music Class
4:30pmMarilyn Barber, vocalist
5:00pmJennifer Baker, vocalist
6:30pmCountry & Western Dance Lessons
7:00pmStreet Dance with "SHOWDOWN"

Schedule of Events

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Thursday, July 11 - Growers' Appreciation Day

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7:30am'tilPrayer Breakfast
Sponsor: Union Planters Bank
9:00am'tilOpening Ceremonies*
9:00am'tilArts, Crafts, Food & Games*
9:00am4:30pmDoll & Stuffed Animal ShowLauderdale County Bank
(Ripley Branch)
9:00am5:00pmArt ExhibitBank of Ripley Lobby
9:00am5:00pmProduce Market*
12:00pm'tilTomato Contest
Biggest, Oddest Shape, Color & Best Tasting
5:00pm6:45pmGospel Choir Singing*
6:00pm10:00pmHillbilly Choo-Choo Train Rides*
7:00pm'tilGospel Quartet Singing
The Laymen Quartet, Trinity & Jones Family
Sponsor : Todd Uniform

Friday, July 12 - 50's & 60's Day

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9:00am'tilArts, Crafts, Food & Games*
9:00am4:30pmDoll & Stuffed Animal ShowLauderdale County Bank
(Ripley Branch)
9:00am5:00pmArt ExhibitBank of Ripley Lobby
9:00am5:00pmProduce Market*
9:00am5:00pmTennessee National Guard Mobile Museum
268 MP Company, Ripley
11:00am1:00pmTomato Tasting
Sponsor : FCE Clubs - U. T. Agri-Extension Services
Bank of Ripley
Carney Hall
5:30pm6:30pmCheerleading & Pom Pom Exhibition
Local Area Schools
6:00pm9:00pmBBQ Cooking Contest
Grazing tickets - $6.00 adults, $3.00 children
Judging will be Saturday at 12:00pm
Grassy area behind
Dr. Wong's Office
6:00pm10:00pmHillbilly Choo-Choo Train Rides*
6:30pm7:30pmBand - Uncommon Thread*
7:00pm'tilTalent Show
Sponsor : Ripley Merchants & Professional Association
First Methodist Church
Activity Building
8:00pm'tilCounty & Western Dancing - SHOWDOWN Band*

Saturday, July 13 - Country & Western Day

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7:30am'til5K RunFirst United Methodist Church
7:30am'tilAction Shooting Pistol Contest
Chairmen: Dwight Weaver
POP Building
8:00am12:00pmArt ExhibitBank of Ripley Lobby
8:00am12:00pmDoll & Stuffed Animal ShowLauderdale County Bank
(Ripley Branch)
9:00am'tilArts, Crafts, Food & Games*
9:00am'til18 Hole Two Man Golf Scramble
Sponsor : Area VIII Special Olympics
Rolling Hills Country Club
9:00pm'tilBaby Crawling Contest
(6-18 Months) - $2,00 Entry
Sponsor : Helen R. Tucker Adult Developmental Center
Courthouse Lawn
9:00am5:00pmR.A.C.E. Car ExhibitionWashington Street
across from city hall
9:00am5:00pmTenessee National Guard Mobile Museum
Sponsor : 268 MP Company, Ripley
9:00am5:00pmProduce Market*
10:00am2:00pmFootball Clinic - (grades 3-5) no charge
Sponsor : Ripley High School Tigers
Tiny Knee Field
10:00am'tilPet Show
Chairmen: Renate Jennings
12:00pm'tilBBQ Cooking FinalsGrassy area behind
Dr. Wong's Office
1:00pm9:00pmNASCAR #28 Texaco Havoline
with Robert Yates Racing
Sponsor : D.A.R.E. & Juvenile Court
6:00pm10:00pmHillbilly Choo-Choo Train Rides*
6:30pm'tilCountry/Western Dance Lessons
Sponsor : Lauderdale County Boot Scooters
7:00pm11:00pmStreet Dance SHOWDOWN Band*
* Location will be South Main Street on the Square in Ripley

If I made any errors I apologize. Let me know and I will correct it. Thank you!

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