Coming in August: Two Classic Farm-Fresh Festivals

Staff Writer
Columbus Monthly

It's harvest season in Ohio, and this month, two local festivals celebrate the Buckeye State's bountiful produce.

Reynoldsburg Tomato Festival

Reynoldsburg celebrates its status as the birthplace of the commercial tomato with the 50th anniversary of its annual festival Aug. 14 and 15 at Huber Park. Festival president Mary Hudson expects 8,000 lovers of Ohio's official fruit to join in the festivities, which include a tomato contest (prizes for largest, smallest, ugliest and tallest), fried green tomatoes (a must-have) and oddball fare (think tomato fudge, tomato popcorn, tomato ice cream and tomato bread).

Obetz Zucchini Festival

Zucchini are in abundance in late August, and there's no better way to celebrate the vegetable than to head south for the Obetz Zucchini Festival, Aug. 27 to 30 at Memorial Park. Visitors will find the summer squash in bread, funnel cake, chip and fry form. This fair-like festival, which attracts more than 100,000 people each year, boasts live music (including country music headliner Clint Black), a car and motorcycle show and plenty of squash-free fare, as well.