My child, who is 6 years old, carries with her a serious love of Curious George. They share many of the same qualities and are both, of course, adorable. However unlike George the Monkey, I can take Addie the Human, pretty much anywhere and not worry about her getting into trouble. Considering this fact and the fact that I work downtown and the 30th annual Jacksonville Tomato Fest was also downtown and Addie was with me at work downtown the day of the Fest…..well. We had to go. So we went. And it was fun. Until I realized with a mild sense of horror that I am OLDER than the Jacksonville Tomato Fest. Albeit not MUCH older but still….when you realize you are older than the largest annual town celebration….I’d rather not think about it. Anyway, after work a few Saturdays ago we struck out on foot towards the Tomato Bowl, the football stadium, which (you guessed it!) is also downtown. The following are photos from our Festival Foray, enjoy! And next June, if you find yourself in deep East Texas, come on by and see us, I’m sure we will be downtown!
Posing on a Tomato.
I seriously adore mushrooms.
Checking out downtown wares.
We weren’t the only ones headed to the fest on foot.
Boy, it was crowded!
These old fellows had the right idea, find a shady spot and people wacth!
A man selling wine in overalls and a camo shirt…only in east Texas.
Oscar reminding everyone to keep it clean.
Its not a festival without at least one mount…
This little fellow was ‘fested’ out.
A poster from the very first Tomato Fest!
Why stand when you can sit on a saddle?
Toys for Tots!
The Marines had a truck there where folks could take pictures…
I wanted an apron. Bad.
Addie buying a cold soda from the boy scouts.
Getting a free lift….
These guys were really happy about thier Lotto Texas bags….
Car and Bike Show!
A pretty bike!
Hi Tomato Bowl!
The reason we ‘Fest’….Tomatoes!
Jacksonville Tomatoes are the Best!
David, owner of the Tomato Shed and extreme tomato grower.
Addie checking out the goodness…
“Thanks for bringing me Mama!”
You can’t have a festival without a gun raffle…
This lady wrote an adorable book about her chickens, Henny and Penny.
So of course we had to buy it and she signed it for Addie.
Selling pies, cakes and breads,
I’ll bet a pretty penny these ladies make the best bread around!
Wreathes for sale…
Mini turtle pets.
Almost back to the car, whew!
Hope to see you there sometime!