Fredericktown Tomato Show parade

A youngster collects candy during the 2019 Fredericktown Tomato Show parade.

FREDERICKTOWN -- One of Knox County's most heralded autumn traditions returns this week after a one-year pandemic hiatus.

The Fredericktown Tomato Show is back, beginning Wednesday and concluding Saturday night in downtown Fredericktown. It will include tomato products, the Little Miss Tomato Contest, corn hole, live entertainment and more.

Tomato Show President Chris Well spoke with Knox Pages in June about what to expect at this year's festival, which will be themed, "The Places You’ll Go." You can read that story here.

Here is what the traffic pattern will look like in downtown Fredericktown during this year's festival, according to the Fredericktown Police Department:

Tomato Show traffic 2021

Graphic courtesy of the Fredericktown Police Department

And here is the schedule for this year's festival:

Wednesday, Sept. 8

-- Enter fresh vegetables, canned goods, baked goods, tomatoes and tomato products -- 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. (tent at Main Street and College Street)

-- Register for Kids' Pedal Tractor Pull (4- and 5-year-olds) -- 5 p.m. (main stage)

-- Kids' Pedal Tractor Pull (4- and 5-year-olds) -- 5:30 p.m. (main stage)

-- Main Street Free Press Museum – tours and demonstration -- 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.

-- Judging of baked goods, canned goods and tomato products -- 6:15 p.m.

-- Official opening with the Fredericktown Marching Scarlet and Grey -- 6:30 p.m. (main stage)

-- Little Miss Tomato Contest (6-year-olds) -- 7 p.m. (main stage)

-- Kids' prize drawing -- 7:30 p.m. (hospitality tent)

-- Musical entertainment by FUMC -- 8:30 p.m. (main stage)

-- Cash drawing -- 9 p.m. (hospitality tent)

    

Thursday, Sept. 9

-- Enter flowers -- 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. (Masonic Lodge)

-- Judging of vegetables and tomato classes -- 1 p.m.

-- Flower judging -- 2 p.m.

-- Register for Kids' Pedal Tractor Pull (6- and 7-year-olds) -- 5 p.m. (main stage)

-- Kids' Pedal Tractor Pull (6- and 7-year-olds) -- 5:30 p.m. (main stage)

-- Register for Kids' and Critters' Parade -- 6 p.m. (parking lot on square)

-- Judging for Kids' and Critters' Parade -- 6:15 p.m.

-- Main Street Free Press Museum – tours and demonstration -- 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.

-- Kids' and Critters' Parade -- 6:30 p.m.

-- Little Miss Tomato Contest (7-year-olds) -- 7 p.m. (main stage)

-- Main Street Free Press Museum Program -- 7:15 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. (First Baptist Church)

-- Kids' prize drawing -- 7:30 p.m. (hospitality tent)

-- Musical entertainment by Granny Creek Ukulele Band -- 8:30 p.m. (main stage)

-- Main Street Free Press Museum – tours and demonstration -- 8:30 p.m. to 10 p.m.

-- Cash drawing -- 9 p.m. (hospitality tent)

    

Friday, Sept. 10

-- Arts, Crafts, Antiques and Collectibles Sale on the square -- 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.

-- Register for Kids' Pedal Tractor Pull (8- and 9-year-olds) -- 5 p.m. (main stage)

-- Kids' Pedal Tractor Pull (8- and 9-year-olds) -- 5:30 p.m. (main stage)

-- Register for Baby Crawl -- 5:30 p.m. (Park National Bank)

-- Baby Crawling Contest -- 6 p.m. (main stage)

-- Main Street Free Press Museum – tours and demonstration -- 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.

-- Musical entertainment by Ryan Otis Band -- 7:30 p.m. (main stage)

-- Kids' prize drawing -- 7:30 p.m. (hospitality tent)

-- Musical entertainment by The Shuman Band -- 8:30 p.m. (main stage)

-- Cash drawing -- 10 p.m. (hospitality tent)

     

Saturday, Sept. 11

-- Register for 5K Run -- 7:30 a.m. (Fredericktown Board of Education Office)

-- 5K Run -- 9 a.m. (Fredericktown Board of Education Office area)

-- Fredericktown Chevrolet's Parade judging -- 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. (182 S. Main St., Fredericktown Recreation District)

-- Arts, Crafts, Antiques and Collectibles Sale on the square -- 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.

-- Fredericktown Chevrolet's Parade – "The Places You'll Go" -- 12:30 p.m.

-- Register for Cornhole Toss -- 2 p.m. to 2:45 p.m. (bandstand)

-- Main Street Free Press Museum – tours and demonstration -- 2 p.m. to 10 p.m.

-- Cornhole Toss -- 3 p.m. (parking lot on the square)

-- Register for Kids' Pedal Tractor Pull (10- to 12-year-olds) -- 3 p.m. (main stage)

-- Pick up flowers -- 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.

-- Pick up prize money at the Tomato Show office on West College Street -- 3 p.m. to 8 p.m.

-- Kids' Pedal Tractor Pull (10- to 12-year-olds) -- 3:30 p.m. (main stage)

-- Exhibits close -- 4 p.m.

-- Register for Big Wheel Races -- 4 p.m. (in front of the old feed mill)

-- Pick up baked goods, canned goods, tomatoes, tomato products, fresh vegetables, and photography -- 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.

-- Big Wheel Races -- 4:30 p.m. (in front of the old feed mill)

-- Register for Bathtub Races -- 5 p.m. (in front of the old feed mill)

-- Bathtub Races -- 5:30 p.m. (in front of the old feed mill)

-- Register for Tomato Toss -- 5:30 p.m. (in front of the old feed mill)

-- Tomato Toss and Tomato Target -- 6 p.m. (in front of the old feed mill, immediately following Bathtub Races)

-- Kids' prize drawing -- 7:30 p.m. (main stage)

-- Cash drawing -- 8 p.m. (main stage)

-- Limited edition plate auction -- 8 p.m. (main stage)

-- Musical entertainment by The Jack -- 8:30 p.m. (main stage)

-- Cash drawing -- 10 p.m. (main stage)

       

Sunday, Sept. 12

-- Clean-up – all are welcome -- 9 a.m.

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Grant is a 2018 graduate of Ohio Northern University, where he studied journalism and played basketball. He likes coffee, books and minor league baseball. He loves telling stories and has a passion for local news.