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People gather to celebrate tomatoes in Ripley

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It's tomato time in Lauderdale County, TN, now that the Ripley Tomato Festival has begun. It's tomato time in Lauderdale County, TN, now that the Ripley Tomato Festival has begun.
RIPLEY, TN -

(WMC-TV) - It's tomato time in Lauderdale County, TN, now that the Ripley Tomato Festival has begun.

Folks in Ripley are celebrating 29 years of the tomato festival.

The celebration of Lauderdale County's favorite fruit began Friday and events will continue all day tomorrow.

Saturday's events kick off with a 5K run and walk at Lauderdale Community Hospital. The race starts at 7 a.m.

There are booths at Ripley City Park and in downtown Ripley around the city's square.

Of course, you can also buy Ripley tomatoes throughout the area.

"It's just one of a kind," said Tomato Farmer of the Year Mike Barham, Jr. "These tomatoes, you just can't get anywhere else like this."

"Yes, it's the bite, it's the taste," said Susan Todd, of the Lauderdale County Chamber of Commerce. "You can only grow a Ripley tomato right here in Ripley and Lauderdale County. It's our special soil we have, because we're close to the Mississippi River."

In addition to being able to buy delicious Ripley tomatoes, you can also check out the tomato art and even buy tomato ice cream.

There's also live music going on in downtown Ripley and even more music at Ripley City Park.

Events culminate with headline entertainment Saturday night from 8 p.m. until 11 p.m.

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