Shown is a montage of photos of activities from former Heirloom Tomato Festivals. Photo provided.



PIERCETON – The 14th annual Heirloom Tomato Festival will be held Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Brower Park and the Old Train Depot in downtown Pierceton.

Registration for the 5K run / walk will be from 8 a.m. to 8:40 a.m. on Saturday, with the run starting at 9 a.m. The cost is $ 20 and prizes will be awarded.

The question-and-answer stand will be inside the old railway depot. Kim Lund, Seed Manager, will be on site from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., noon to 1 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. Author Richard Rose will be there from 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Rose grew up in Kokomo and resides in northern Indiana part of the year. His first detective novel, “The Candidate for the Satyr”, was published in 1979. After writing numerous screenplays, his next novel, “The Conspiracies of Lazarus,” was published in 2013 by Savant Books and Publications, according to a statement. Press. This novel won a fiction award at the 2015 Pacific Rim Book Festival in Hollywood. Rose followed up with a detective story set in 1947 in Chicago titled “The Gumshoe”. A sequel to Lazare, “Retribution”, will be released soon.

Lund is an avid seed collector and owns over 4,000 varieties from around the world, including some of the rarest seeds in the United States. Its seed collection contains more than 630 varieties from Italy and some rare family seeds from Romania, according to a press release from the organizers of the Festival. Lund is a reputable seed manager and received a seed collection from Martin Longseth, a longtime seed manager. A seed steward preserves and shares seeds to ensure regional seed agricultural diversity for future generations, the statement said.

Enjoy the shows on the main stage of Brower Park. From 10 a.m. to 11 a.m., Jared Pagan will play country, pop and rock. Deb Collier’s Class Act dance troupe performs from 11 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.

Audiences will be able to enjoy Basket Case’s classic pop duo from 11:45 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., followed by All Gone Blue from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. playing country and American rock.

There will be plenty of free events throughout the day at Brower Park and inside the Old Train Depot. These include an exhibit of heirloom tomatoes, a tomato tasting, Tag Art artists with a farmer on stilts and human statues, a free activity area for children, a tomato slingshot game, demonstrations of weaving and a chainsaw carving demonstration.

At the gallery at 130 N. First St., Pierceton, will be the annual agricultural art exhibit. Entries will only be accepted on Friday August 27 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Whitko Art Museum and Galleries, 130 N. First St., Pierceton. There will be two age groups, young people and adults. The art exhibition begins on Saturday during the Heirloom Tomato Festival. Winners will be announced at 3 p.m. during the festival. One artist will receive the People’s Choice Award. The cost is $ 5 per entry, and there is no limit on the size or number of entries.

For any questions, call 574-797-3033 or email [email protected]

The Tomato Eating Contest will take place at 2:30 p.m. at Brower Park. Prizes will be awarded.

Judging for the pastry contest will take place at 1 p.m. inside the Old Train Depot.

All baked goods must include a tomato ingredient. Entry must be made by hand by the participant entering the article. Participants can enter more than one article. Anything that is cream-based or that needs refrigeration will not be accepted. The participant must be present to win. Entrance is free. Prizes will be awarded. Judging will be based on overall appearance, creativity, taste and texture.

Bring your heaviest tomato to participate in the biggest tomato contest inside the old train depot. The prize will be awarded.

And bring your ugliest tomato worm for The Big, Bad and the Ugly (Tomato Worm) contest. The competition will take place inside the Old Train Depot. The prize will be awarded.

Food vendors for the Heirloom 2021 Tomato Festival include homemade ice cream, kettle corn, fried green tomatoes, ham and beans, BLT sandwiches, tomato sandwiches, sassy vegans, shenanigans , a Big C barbecue, shoemakers and produce vendors / farmers.

There will also be arts and crafts merchants.

For more information, find the festival on Facebook at the Heirloom Tomato Festival or on www.piercetonchamber.com.