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It is tomato time! Make plans to enter your home grown tomatoes in our 4th Annual Great Tomato Contest.

FREE Event
July 17, 2021 from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Big Red Barn at Agricenter International
7777 Walnut Grove Rd., Memphis, TN 38120

Entries accepted July 17th from 9:00 am – 11:00 am
Judging will be held from 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Awards ceremony will be at 3:30 pm

On Saturday, July 17th, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm,  the Memphis Area Master Gardeners will present the 4th annual Mid-South Great Tomato Contest! This event will be held at the Big Red Barn at the Agricenter International, located at 7777 Walnut Grove Rd., Memphis, TN 38120. This is a free event. There are no registration fees or parking fees. Community members across the Mid-South are invited to enter their homegrown tomatoes.

Homegrown tomato contest categories:

  • Slicing Tomato
  • Heirloom Tomato
  • Cherry Tomato
  • Heaviest Tomato

Ribbons will be given as follows:

  • Best Overall Tomato             
  • Best of Show – Slicing                        
  • Best of Show – Heirloom       
  • Best of Show – Cherry                       
  • Heaviest Tomato                    
  • Best Salsa                               
  • Junior Winner (for entries of youth up to 12 years of age)

All Day events:

  • Ask A Master Gardener Table with Tomato experts
  • Learning displays about growing tomatoes
  • Kids activities – Make a tomato puppet and plant a tomato to take home

The annual Mid-South Great Tomato Contest is held in July to celebrate Tennessee’s state fruit, the tomato! This day-long educational event includes learning stations about the best growing practices for tomatoes, an Ask-a-Master-Gardener Table, cooking demonstrations, children’s events and a tomato contest. Join us for this community event to learn more about one of our region’s favorite garden plants.

Due to COVID19 restrictions, the Tomato Contest was cancelled for 2020.

Our event is always held on the 3rd Saturday in July.

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Images from Previous Great Tomato Contests

Our Mission

“The Tennessee Extension Master Gardener program seeks to improve the lives of Tennesseans by promoting environmental stewardship, non-commercial food production, and human health and well-being through horticulture education and outreach delivered by a dedicated and skilled volunteer network”

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