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Editorial: It’s time to honor Hanover’s tomato

Posted on Thursday, July 10, 2014 at 10:36 am

It’s that time again.

The tomato vines are bearing fruit, the stage is ready, the vendors lined up. The Hanover Tomato Festival will return for a 36th year Saturday, bringing with it a slew of family-friendly activities, entertainment for kids and parents, and plenty of the county’s famed Hanover Tomatoes.

As has been the case since the festival’s beginning, the Herald-Progress is proud to cosponsor this annual event, helping promote, plan and publicize Hanover’s largest festival, which drew a crowd of around 37,000 last year; that number has been even higher for festivals past. Proceeds from the event benefit the Black Creek Volunteer Fire Department, which organized the first humble festival in the 1970s and through their efforts (and, let’s face it, the Hanover Tomato’s warranted popularity) helped grow the event through the decades.

This year, we really made an effort to bring back more activities with the hope that children who might not have developed a taste for tomatoes yet (their loss, really) will enjoy the festival just as much as their parents. There are too many fun-filled attractions to list in this space, but look out for a petting zoo and rides, among a number of other attractions this year (see our Tomato Festival insert for more information). Many of this year’s children’s entertainment options are made possible by a long list of community sponsors, and we certainly thank them for their involvement in this year’s festival.

This brings us to another point: the festival wouldn’t be possible without the coordinated efforts and tireless work of many, many individuals. And while we are happy to be a part of this event, once you have a blast at this year’s Tomato Festival, please extend your thanks to the hardworking staff at Parks and Recreation, members of the Black Creek Volunteer Fire Department and Hanover’s emergency services personnel. They’re the ones that make sure this event goes off without a hitch each and every year.