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It is tomato time! Make plans to enter your home grown tomatoes in our 5th Annual Great Tomato Contest.

FREE Event
July 16, 2022 from 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
Big Red Barn at Agricenter International
7777 Walnut Grove Rd., Memphis, TN 38120

Entries accepted July 16th from 9:00 am – 11:00 am
Judging will be held from 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Do not have to be present to collect award. Winners will be contacted.

On Saturday, July 16th, 9:00 am – 3:00 pm, the Memphis Area Master Gardeners will present the 5th 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.

Awards:

Best Overall Tomato: $200
Each category will award:

  • 1st– $100
  • 2nd–$ 50
  • 3rd– $ 25

Ribbons will be awarded for 1st, 2nd, 3rd, & Honorable Mention

Ribbons will be given as follows:

    • Best Overall Tomato
    • Best of Show – Slicing
    • Best of Show – Heirloom
    • Best of Show – Cherry
    • Heaviest Tomato

Homegrown tomato contest categories:

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

All Day events:

  • Ask A Master Gardener Table with Tomato experts
  • Recipes & displays on tomatoes
  • Kids activities

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 information and displays about the best growing practices for tomatoes, an Ask-a-Master-Gardener Table for all your gardening questions, children’s activities, and a tomato contest. Join us for this community event to learn more about one of our region’s favorite garden plants.

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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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