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Tomatoes Ready to Take Center Stage at Fifth 'Tomadah Paradah'

This Year's Event to Also to Feature Home-Grown Peppers

July 24, 2014

Tomato lovers young and old enjoyed viewing, touching and tasting some 230 varieties at last August's fourth annual Tomadah Paradah, including 90-year-old Velma Hillard and her nine-year-old grandson, Coen Besser, both of whom are from Wilmington.

Tomato lovers young and old enjoyed viewing, touching and tasting some 230 varieties at last August's fourth annual Tomadah Paradah, including 90-year-old Velma Hillard and her nine-year-old grandson, Coen Besser, both of whom are from Wilmington.

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A veritable parade of tomatoes in a rainbow of colors and myriad of shapes, sizes and tastes will be featured Aug. 16 at the fifth annual Tomadah Paradah, from 5 to 7 p.m., at the Wilmington College Academic Farm, 1594 Fife Ave.

The event, which is free of charge, is designed to appeal to the entire realm of tomato-lovers — from casual consumers of BLTs to growers and connoisseurs of southwestern Ohio’s favorite summer fruit.

It will feature most of the 250 varieties of tomatoes being grown this summer at WC by agriculture professor Monte Anderson, farm manger Randy Gerber and their student workers. Wilmington College and Swindler & Sons Florists are co-sponsoring the event.

Those attending the Tomadah Paradah will have an opportunity to taste scores of varieties of tomatoes, in addition to hear expert commentary and tour the College Farm’s tomato groves. As an added attraction this year, selections from the 50-plus varieties of peppers being grown on the farm will be available to peruse and taste.

Also, several competitions will be featured at the Tomadah Paradah.

Swindler & Sons Florists is sponsoring a $100 prize for best tasting ripe tomato, $100 for heaviest ripe tomato (last year’s winner weighed nearly 3.6 pounds) and the winner of the best tasting cherry tomato will receive a quit made by Pat Swindler.

Swindler & Sons, 321 W. Locust St., will be weighing the entries for largest tomato at their Garden Center through noon Aug. 16. Those interested in the best tasting contests can bring their entries to Swindlers Aug. 14 or 15, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., for judging. They should deliver several full-size tomatoes and at least 10 cherries so there’s enough for judging.