By June 18, 2017 Read More →

Slocomb, Alabama Celebrates 29th Annual Tomato Festival

On the third Saturday of June each year, the rural town of Slocomb, Alabama, population 2,000, swells significantly in size as tens of thousands of visitors paid homage to a prolific vegetable at the annual Tomato Festival, as seen in these photos from this Saturday by Real Florida Media, a subsidiary of The Goulding Agency in Chipley, Florida.

‘We are proud of our heritage and this festival gives us an opportunity to show the world just how friendly and hospitable we are right here in Southeast Alabama’, said Slocomb Mayor Rob Hinson in a ‘Real Florida Magazine’ interview.

Celebrating 29 years, the 2017 festival experienced cloudy skies and a few raindrops, but not enough to dampen the spirits of festival=goers.

Starting at 9AM on June 17 in the historic downtown district of Slocomb, the annual Tomato Parade included all the requisite pageant queens and politicians, and ‘Real Florida Magazine’ got to speak to festival organizers, participants, vendors and attendees.

‘We hope that everyone has a good time’, stated Festival Chairperson Lisa Sconiers in an interview, ‘and we have a committee that makes this happen every year’.

The event included non-stop entertainment, over 60 vendors and all the typical festival fare, including funnel cakes, turkey legs and ‘blooming onions’, and the crowd responded eagerly to the offerings.

‘We do very well here each year’, mentioned a food vendor in between attending to his cash register, ‘and we look forward to coming back each year’.

See more photos and video clips from the event on Facebook at Real Florida Magazine or online at, and listen to interviews at FPTC Radio, the voice of Florida Panhandle Technical College, at


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