Tomato Day Coming Soon!
Our 20th Annual Tomato Day is coming on July 25th! We have lots of great educational seminars, demonstrations, tours, and displays. There are also several contests you can enter. It’s your chance to come see the demonstration garden in person and get a guided tour! Here’s an excerpt from our press release with all the info:
The 20th Annual Tomato Day will be held at the Sedgwick County Extension Education Center at 21st and Ridge in Wichita on Saturday July 25th from 7:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. This event will provide information on selecting, planting, maintaining, cooking with tomatoes. Admission is free.
Gardeners, bring your home grown tomatoes and enter them in the Ugliest, Largest, Best Plate of Roma, Cherry, Grape or Tomatillo contest. The cooks in the family can enter Fresh or Preserved Salsa or Other Preserved Tomato Product. All preserved products must meet USDA approved processing methods; this information is available at the Extension Office.
New this year is the Topsy-Turvy Tomato contest sponsored by KWCH 12. The Tomato Photography contest returns with categories of Mr. Tomato Head, The Artistic Tomato and All Natural Tomato. Prizes will be given in all contests and categories.
4-H Hall: Fried Green Tomato & Salsa Tasting, Youth Activity making Tomato Critters, Plant Diagnostic Lab, Garden Magazine Sale, Tomato & Salsa Contests with prizes, Iris Rhizomes for sale by the Wichita Iris Society, Brunch provided by La Familia Senior Community Center.
Kansas Grown! Farmer’s Market will be in the parking lot and Plant A Row for the Hungry will be collecting garden produce for the Kansas Food Bank.
Seminars in Demonstration Garden:
8:00 Composting Demonstration
8:30 Growing Vegetables, Flowers & Herbs in the Demonstration Garden
9:15 Organically Grown Tomatoes
9:15 Tour of Low Maintenance Plants for Kansas
9:45 Topsy-Turvy Tomato Contest Judging
10:00 Growing Tomatoes in Earth Boxes®
10:30 Tomato Training & Trellising
11:00 Tomato Diseases
11:30 Growing a Variety of Peppers
Seminars in the Sunflower Room:
9:00 Canning and Preserving Tomatoes – Lisa Friesen – Sedgwick County Extension Agent
10:30 Tasty Tomatoes – Tanya Tandoc
If you are interested in our contests, here is the flyer with all the rules and guidelines: Contests Handout (PDF)